News 2012

The IBP Focus on Robbery Symposium 2012 A Huge Success

01 October 2012

IBP held the 11th Focus on Robbery & Serious Crime Symposium in September 2012 and the success of previous years was once again exceeded at this must attend event.


This years Symposium focussed on the high street and included case studies form experts in their field from various players in this arena. It also included updates from the ATM and cash-in-transit industries and presentations from two specialists from Loughborough University dealing with eduction Security Managers and the convergence between IT and physical security.

With an extension to Fridays programme fourteen first-rate guest speakers including ACC Matt Jukes, South Wales Police; Andy Southern, Santander; Steve Boucher, Mitchells & Butlers; Michael O'Sullican, Facewatch and Rob Johnson, Loomis UK Ltd delivered insightful presentations on a variety of important security issues affecting businesses today.

In addition delegates were offered the opportunity to participate in two special breakout sessions focussing on the top tips to for developing risk assessments, procedures and impact reduction strategies, facilitated by the veteran loss prevention manager, Mark Stevenson of Blakemore Retail (SPAR).

Opening the two-day event, Symposium chair Richard Childs QPM, former Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable and managing director ACPO Secured by Design, welcomed the delegates. He also remembered Alan Townsend, organiser of the Symposium since the start 11 years ago, and who sadly passed away shortly before the Symposium.

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.

In concluding the symposium, Richard Childs commented: “This has been one of the very best security conferences I have had the privilege to chair.  The sheer quality of the agenda and speakers has been outstanding, plus the delegates have made an enormous contribution in the overall debate – thank you all for being part of this fantastic event.”


For more information please visit the Focus on Robbery Area.