Focus on Robbery & Serious Crime Symposium 2014

Event Overview

IBP 13th Focus on Robbery & Serious Crime Symposium held in September 2014 once again exceeded expectations and delivered a challenging and informative programme with open and frank input from both speakers and delegates.


This years Symposium focussed on a broad range of topics including the high street with case studies from experts in their field from various major players in this arena. It also included updates from the ATM and cash-in-transit industries and a presentation on the use of social media within the workplace which gave an eyeopening insight into this extremely controversial topic.

With an extension to Fridays programme fourteen first-rate guest speakers including Detective Superintendent at the Flying Squad, Metropolitan Police; Audrius Sapola, SEB Bank; Peter Coleman, Fish Brothers Group Ltd; Adrian Roberts, West Midlands Police; Nigel Horsfall, EE; Simon Gordon, Facewatch; Lee Wallace, TH March; and Graham Mott, LINK ATM Scheme. The range of presentations were on a variety of important security issues affecting businesses today and sparked great debates among the delegates.

Symposium chair Richard Childs QPM, former Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable and managing director ACPO Secured by Design, commented after the event that 'Yet again the IBP Focus on Robbery has surpassed expectation in the quality and diversity of inputs. I am unsure where else within the cash industry can a group of such highly respected and professional practitioners and academics gather together and share insights and experiences which so clearly provide real help and insight to colleagues.

This year the broadening of the subjects covered worked really well but did not make it superficial or over strategic. The breadth of subjects simply showed how complex cash crime is and just how valuable this forum is'.

The outputs from the Symposium form part of the ongoing research and work undertaken by delegates, trade associations, the financial industry and police.  The aim of the partnership is to harness expertise from every discipline that has an interest in understanding the reasons for criminal behaviour, analysing the effectiveness of current reduction measures and reducing violent crime.

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The 2014 Symposium

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Delegate Comments...

"Just a line to thank you again for a cracking symposium. Personally I always feel that warm glow of being with so many people that you could just smile at and chat knowing there is not going to be a hard sell other agenda.

The event itself is unique in the calendar and is the only one that I actually attend and look forward to."

Geoff, Major banking company

" The agenda was varied and interesting, and lots of new faces amongst the delegates, but as always it is the feeling of a safe haven, where openness and confidentiality means that the engagement with industry peers is second to none, and probably not achievable in an urban environment. I always go away from this venue, knowing more about current trends and emerging technologies, and usually with an actionable snippet which will see its way into the category "borrowed with pride"

David, Consultant

"A big thank-you from me as it was a very informative 2 days, and I did come away buzzing with idea’s and actions to take back to the office. The Cyber crime topic that had us all sitting back in our seats, is of course foremost in our minds....."

Jeff, Major high street retailer

"I also thought this year’s event was excellent, with a good mix of content and the always beneficial ability to share views and information."

Neil, Insurance Brokers

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Symposium, .... I didn’t hear a single negative comment the whole time I was there" and "Met some old friends and new contacts, which was good."

Kevin, BOSS