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November 2016 print issue

Now on desks is the November 2016 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

We’ve looked at various parts of retail – loss prevention (LP), having heard from a senior figure in the sector that if LP people want to stay in a job, they ought to become part of a larger, risk function; and ‘band protection’ and food crime, hearing from the ‘food crime unit’ of the regulator the Food Standards Agency, set up after the horse-meat scandal. If so much of what shades from corner-cutting to outright fraud is hidden from the consumer, who can’t tell if what he’s eating and drinking is precisely what it says on the label, how can law enforcers and compliance officers do their work? Maxine Fraser of the Stirling-based Retailers Against Crime talks to us about a guide for shop staff – of what to look out for, to combat shop theft. Everyday items as innocent as a coffee cup, umbrella, crisp packet (empty – except for stolen small but valuable goods such as cosmetics) and a rolled-up newspaper might be tools for the shoplifter, we are told.

And we report on a round-table (literally) gathering of retail people, our latest luncheon to hear over some good food from inside the industry. Also plenty on cyber and networks security, business travel security (and more in the next issue) and drones; and a call for partnerships between product manufacturers, installers and the end users.

We also bring you the regulars – the book review page, about corruption in prisons, among other things; four pages of new products and services; four pages of ‘spending the budget’ – case studies from home and abroad; and pages about and for installers of security products. Also pages by our regular columnist Una Riley, pioneer of the Women in Security (WiS) awards; and our MD Roy Cooper’s industry gossip.

It’s the season to be out and about – we bring words and pictures from the recent Security Institute annual conference, and Association of British Investigators autumn seminar; and last month’s Retail Risk event in Leicester; and the London Fraud Forum tenth annual conference.

Read online the issue at You can read back copies going back years at


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