Popular High Street retailer Poundland awards national guarding contract to Lodge Security

Left to right: Andrew Cockerill (Lodge Security), Sarah Frain (Poundland) and Stuart Lodge (Lodge Security)

Left to right: Andrew Cockerill (Lodge Security), Sarah Frain (Poundland) and Stuart Lodge (Lodge Security)

Over the past two years, Lodge Security has been operating its Elite Store Detective programme from the LodgIC Intelligence Centre, where national and local data on crime incidents is analysed and used to deploy protection to produce the maximum return on security investment. Now, the business is set to provide protection for Poundland stores and distribution centres throughout the UK.

Sarah Frain, profit protection and assurance manager for distribution and CSC at Poundland, informed Risk Xtra: “Lodge Security has worked with Poundland for more than five years and provided a great service which has now developed with technology additions to achieve an even more effective solution. The operatives we receive from Lodge Security are always highly trained and professional when dealing with day-to-day issues and figures are reported back clearly to management. Furthermore, they provide confidence to our staff, while also making them feel safe and secure in the workplace.”

Poundland and Lodge Security are now examining new opportunities to deploy other technology that’s available from the LodgIC Intelligence Centre. This includes the capability to analyse retail transactions through the use of Transpeye for data mining of EPoS, online transactions and other store systems to then identify any sources of loss in real time and the relationships between apparently isolated incidents.

Lodge Security can then analyse and track any patterns of criminal activity to enable investigative teams to attribute recurring losses to known criminals and gangs who can be identified from in-store CCTV recordings. Perpetrators are then stopped in-store by Lodge Security detectives.

In many instances, Lodge Security has been able to track a gang’s activity around the UK and assess the probability of where and when they might strike next.

“Retailers are increasingly alert to the scale of the threat from organised retail crime,” said Stuart Lodge, CEO of Lodge Service International, a third generation family-run business that celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2019. “A string of small, seemingly unrelated criminal acts are often committed by the same gang. If they think they can get away undetected each time, they will keep coming back. Through the blended use of our specialist teams in the field and technology, our LodgIC Intelligence Centre is quickly able to map related losses and then stop them fast.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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