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Crime data acquisition

by Mark Rowe

In the November print issue of Professional Security we reported on the four interest groups around the gathering and use of business crime data to prevent crime: retailers, police, business crime partnerships, and private companies offering to collect crime reports and prepare cases. The field has become somewhat clearer.

The National Business Crime Solution (NBCS) has acquired the Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (BCIB). Earlier in 2012 the NBCS embarked on a joint venture with the BCIB to create a national managed intelligence hub. The BCIB will now run as the National Business Crime Intelligence Bureau (NBCIB) and will receive and analyse crime intelligence about UK businesses and seek to identify national prolific offenders.

Jason Trigg, pictured, CEO of the Cardinal Group (, that has been behind the NBCS, said: “We are delighted to have acquired the Business Crime Intelligence Bureau. It is an extremely well respected organisation making great strides to fight crime. Combining our analysis and crime intelligence with that of the BCIB, will help us build on the centralised operating model established for the NBCS. With the added support of Police Regional Intelligence Units (RIUs) and police forces, we can ensure retailers across the UK are provided the most up to date information for crime prevention and support. Police officers have now been seconded to the NBCS through collaboration with the National Business Crime Forum, providing the initiative with access to Police systems which will enable us to bring together the private and public worlds.”

The new bureau will continue as a centralised operating model to aid the sharing of information among businesses. The NBCIB will retain its core analysts while adding new police analysts and will include a location in Nottingham in line with the English Resilience Centre. The intelligence-sharing software is already used to tackle retail crime in the USA as LERPnet for retail, CargoNet for logistics, and is used to track manufacturing and machinery theft.

Businesses that take part – visit the NBCS website for details – nter their crime data into the central system; it’s then collated, analysed and disseminated to other business members locally, regionally, nationally or by sector.

Jason Trigg added: “Amanda Oliver founded the BCIB and made it into the successful organisation it is today, however Amanda has decided to pursue new career opportunities and we wish her well for the future.”

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