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Crime Report Launch & Security Showcase

8th March 2022
9:30am - 2:00pm
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ACS’ 2022 Crime Report will be launched at the Crime Seminar and will provide the definitive picture of retailers’ experiences of crime in the last year, including levels of shop theft, verbal and physical abuse and an all new section on cyber-crime in the sector.

The report launch will be followed by the Security Showcase which is your opportunity to hear about the latest crime prevention measures that you can use in your store.

The shortlisted companies selected by ACS’ Independent Board are:

  • Dahua Technology – leading video surveillance product and solution provider
  • StaffSafe- bespoke security solution providing staff with two-way verbal and visual connectivity to control threatening and dangerous situations
  • Peoplesafe - tech enabled end-to-end lone worker service
  • Veesion - CCTV system with AI to detect shoplifting in real-time
  • APG Cash Drawer - SMARTtill Cash Management Solution tracks all cash movements without service interruptions
  • Quail Digital – Pro10 Headsets wireless team communication designed to improve team productivity in retail, hospitality and business
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Event Speakers

Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse

Kit Malthouse was appointed Minister of State in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice on 14 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State (Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service) for the Home Office from 25 July 2019 to 14 February 2020 and Minister of State in the Ministry of Justice on 14 February 2020. He was previously Minister of State for Housing from 9 July 2018 to 25 July 2019. He was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018. He was elected as Conservative MP for North West Hampshire in May 2015.

Gareth Lewis, Loss Prevention and Security Services Manager, Southern Co-op

Claire Saunders BEM, FSM, Co op

Paul Cheema, Director, Malcolm's Store

National Cyber Security Centre

Edward Woodall, Government Relations Director, ACS

Ed joined ACS in September 2009 having graduated from Roehampton University in 2007. As Government Relations Director Ed is responsible for communicating ACS’ policy positions across Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved nations with civil servants, parliamentarians and external stakeholders. Ed consults with ACS members through ACS’ Policy Committee and Expert Policy Groups to develop policy positions and the organisation's public affairs strategy.

Ed has given evidence to numerous parliamentary committees in Westminster and devolved nations and contributes to policy developments across a range of government working groups including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Home Office.

Ed completed the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma in Public Relations in 2013. Ed is currently studying for his MBA at Surrey Business School.

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006. He has led ACS on political and policy representation, driven a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from HIM, Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Sector Council. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships, the London Food Board and the High Streets Task Force. James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.