The Oxford Street Association, the trade body for around 300 shops, hotels and restaurants in central London, is installing database technology from Retail Decisions.
BICS ? the Business Information Crime System ? is a database for the collection and analysis of data relating to high street offenders. BICS is designed to collect, collate and disseminate information about known or suspected criminals. The technology works by initially identifying prolific offenders, and examining their modes of operation with built-in analysis tools. The sharing of such information among retailers has the aim of preventing crime by local and travelling persistent offenders on Oxford Street. Sally Humphreys, Director of the Oxford Street Association says: “Oxford Street has one of the highest concentrations of large shops in the world. This attracts street criminals as well as honest shoppers. Retail Decisions? BICS database is at the forefront in high street intelligence-led crime detection and prevention. Retail Decisions has helped us greatly, by agreeing to deploy the software immediately in response to the recent concerns over street crime, especially in the London area.? Carl Clump, Chief Executive Officer, Retail Decisions said: “We have transferred our capabilities used in fighting payment card fraud to shopping centres, towns and cities. We hope that many others will follow the lead set by Oxford Street, Birmingham and Northampton in taking an ?intelligence led? approach to fighting high street crime. Our database technology is leading-edge and when used effectively can have an immediate effect, often reducing crime by 30 per cent within a few months.” Visit www.redplc.com