Garden centre security workshop to help retailers fight crime

A workshop is to tackle profit protection and shoplifting as the garden centre sector attempts to tackle the growing problem of theft.

Business consultant Neville Stein and Jeremy Davies of B to B Links, the HTA's security partner, will jointly be running a profit protection workshop on 12 January at Waterperry Gardens, near Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ from 2pm-5pm.

They will focus on understanding gross profit, how to improve gross profit, how to increase gross profit through a reduction in shrinkage and practical steps to protect profits including the use of technology. Due to demand, the workshop has added 10 extra places to expand from 15 to 25 places.

The cost per delegate is £35 plus VAT. Email

The workshop follows news that the value of retail goods shoplifted rose 20% to £4.88bn in the year to June. The UK had the highest amount in value of shoplifted goods in Europe. A Centre for Retail Research survey also suggested that while theft by organised gangs and opportunistic shoplifters is on the up, employee theft is also increasing.

The HTA has launched a new security advice line (07889 719690), offered to members free of charge by Jeremy Davies, who has 10 years' experience in the field with Sainsbury's.


This advice line offers information on:

  • Preventing theft by customers or staff
  • Protection of top five most pilfered items
  • Security tagging systems
  • Digital CCTV and viewing images via the internet
  • CCTV data protection
  • Professionally monitored CCTV systems
  • Fogging systems
  • Prevention of organised crime
  • Price swapping and labelling
  • Stock control, wastage and returns policy
  • Preventing burglary
  • Preventing vandalism and arson attacks
  • Attacks on staff
  • Graffiti and fly-tipping
  • Theft of diesel
  • General business security

The HTA has also issued a new security guidance note that provides members with information about the main security risks for garden centres and nurseries. See the members' area of


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