Staying safe Business

Tips on tackling shoplifting

Shoplifting made up more than 10 per cent of all crime reported in the Humberside Policing area in 2014.

We are committed to working with shop owners to reduce this type of crime. Working together, we want to provide a safer environment for both workers and customers and some quick tips can be seen below.

  • Make sure your staff have their eye on the ball and try to greet, or at least acknowledge all customers who come in. This is great customer service, but also makes thieves feel uncomfortable - they are being watched.
  • Know your local shoplifters, ban them and keep them out.
  • Place high value stock in areas of the shop that can be easily watched by staff as this will put thieves off.
  • CCTV should cover the entrance, exit and areas where high value stock is. Ideally a monitor displaying CCTV should be on the shop floor, along with signs saying you are using it - again, this will put thieves off.
  • Think about signing up to Shopwatch, an online security communications tool for retailers.

Retail Crime Partnerships and Online Shop Security Services

Setting up Retail Crime Partnerships with other shops in your area means you can work together to make your businesses safer.

If you want help setting up a new group contact your local beat team. If you are not sure who that is please use the post code search on our 'Find My Policing Team' page.
Information sharing between retailers and local authorities is important in reducing criminality and there are a number of online services available to help. One of the best known is Shopwatch.


As well as physical threats which take place businesses must now consider reducing the risk as a result of online threats. 

Cyber Information Sharing Partnerships (CISP) for business

“The Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership is a Government funded and managed portal helping organisations to have access to the latest threats and attacks so that they can protect themselves. The CISP receives inputs from a range of National Agencies and is available to organisations whether public private or charitable. The CISP lists details of a range of attacks as diverse as schools, health service and email scams.

It is s free service and will not spam members.

To join simply go to

Each region has its own section and locally those joining the CISP are invited to link to the Yorkshire Humberside group. Local business aql are the business ambassadors for the Regional CISP.”


National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - Small Business Guide

Below infographic has been produced by the NCSC to help small businesses protect themselves from the most common cyber-attacks.


10 Steps to Cyber Security

Guidance on how organisations can protect themselves in cyberspace, including the 10 steps to cyber security has been produced by NCSC

What you can do to combat cyber attacks