‘It Won’t Happen To Me!’ Crime Prevention Workshop for Warwickshire SMEs

‘It Won’t Happen To Me!’ Crime Prevention Workshop for Warwickshire SMEs

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‘It Won’t Happen To Me!’ Crime Prevention Workshop for Warwickshire SMEs

Warwickshire County Council Community Safety Team, Warwickshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire are working in partnership to deliver support to local businesses.

As part of this, we are running a crime prevention online workshop to provide information and advice to Warwickshire businesses. You will be given the chance to discuss facts and issues and reflect on what could you improve within your business, also engaging with professionals via Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms.

Registration link:

‘It Won’t Happen To Me!’ Crime Prevention Workshop for Warwickshire SMEs Tickets, Tue 8 Jun 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite


From this, we hope to:

Improve our engagements with the business community

Raise awareness of the latest crime trends, and enable businesses to protect themselves from crime, and its many impacts.

Enable businesses to target resources more efficiently, through effective intelligence and information exchange, ensuring a safe environment to live and work.

Share best practice and support all businesses throughout Warwickshire.


The following crime prevention areas for businesses will be explored:


Warwickshire Business Watch Partnership & Retail Crime

Cyber Crime: Common Threats, Social Engineering and the impact on SMEs

GDPR: Why it’s more than an IT problem

Business Continuity: Emergency planning & Business Continuity

– 5-minute break via Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms

Exploitation, Slavery and Trafficking: What are your responsibilities

Prevent & the Business Community: Spot the signs of Radicalisation, Extremism and Terrorism


Warwickshire Business Watch Partnership Scheme

Traditional business crime is all about knowing how to best protect your business. You could take simple and cost effective measures to ensure the safety and security inside and outside your business. Warwickshire County Council Business Crime Advisor will go through the scheme and support available for businesses.



Almost 50% of the smaller businesses across the UK are experiencing at least one business crime incident a year, which on average will cost the business around £3,500. The most disruptive crimes on smaller businesses have been identified as Theft and Burglary, followed by Cyber Crime. Shop theft accounts for almost £1.1 million over the last year alone.

During the Covid-19 pandemic an increase in violence and abuse towards shopworkers has been identified and under reported. As non-essential retail premises have been closed during lockdown, offenders have targeted essential stores that have remained opened during the pandemic. This has generated a number of conflicts due to measures being put in place by the stores to prevent the spread of the virus e.g. social distancing rules, face coverings etc.

Most of crime within the retail sector is preventable and therefore good crime prevention will reduce vulnerability and increase awareness amongst members of the public and businesses within the sector. The training aims to share best practices with the retail sector that can reduce the effects of theft in their businesses.


Cyber Crime

Are your online accounts secure? If you are a small or medium sized business, there’s a 50% chance you will experience a cyber security breach. The average cost of a cyber security breach for small businesses is around £1,400 and above. Considering that SMEs make up almost 99.9% of Britain’s 5.5 million private sector businesses, lack of cyber security measures may pose a real threat to Warwickshire and the UK economy.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands is part of the national roll out of Cyber Resilience Centres in the UK which began in 2019. The WMCRC began its journey in June 2020. Lead by Policing, and facilitated by Business Resilience International Management (BRIM), work has been structured in partnership with regional Policing, Academia, Businesses, Third and Public Sector organisations through a variety channels to improve

Security awareness training provides simple and effective knowledge for people and businesses to understand their environment and provides the confidence to challenge when something doesn’t look right. The training is focused on those with little or no cyber security or technical knowledge and is delivered in small, succinct modules using real world examples.

Warwickshire Police Cyber Protect Officer and WMCRC will take you through the latest crime trends and protection advice available.

Led by Policing, the WMCRC works in partnership with leading industry companies and academia to provide affordable cyber security services so we can grow and strengthen the West Midland’s resilience to online crime and cyber-attacks.

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Data breaches are commonplace. The definition of “data” that the UK uses is any information that can be used to identify, directly or indirectly, an individual person. For businesses, everything from employee key cards to email addresses are considered processing data, and subject to the regulation.

GDPR has a direct impact on the security systems and processes employed by all UK businesses. All security systems that record the movement of any UK citizen to the extent it can individually identify them, whether CCTV, ANPR, or door entry, will need to undergo a Privacy Impact Assessment.

Find out more about The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), standard legislation on data protection across the UK and EU.

Risk Evolves is one of our partners who provide risk management and cyber security consultancy for businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to international corporations. For this training session, we will be having one of the managing directors at Risk Evolves taking us through GDPR and security issues.


Business Continuity

Why is a Business Continuity Plan important? The answer is simple. Each business needs to have the ability to react quickly, respond and recover from a traditional crime incident or a cyber security breach. The impact of an incident is often wider than people first think, hence we will be having the Principal Emergency Planning Officer from the Regional CSW Resilience Team to provide support and guidance that will ensure your business has a smooth transition for when the time comes.


Prevent & the Business Community

Warwickshire is a safe place to live and most crime types are continuing to reduce. However, we also live in a global community which means we are affected by trends and events that occur at the international level. At present, we need to consider the international threat of terrorism and those people who are pulled into groups that support extremist causes.

Warwickshire County Council Prevent Officer will provide you with more information about the signs of radicalisation, extremism and terrorism, and what you can do in the event of spotting the signs by taking part of this training session, including advice for your business and staff.


Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking (MSHT)

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with a turnover of £36 million to prepare and publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. However, businesses with turnover below the required threshold could also sign the pledge and publicise a Section 54 statement describing their actions to prevent modern slavery from occurring within their business.

We would encourage as many businesses as possible to join us in eradicating human rights abuses in supply chains and show that there is a collaborative response when it comes to ensuring human rights due diligence here in Warwickshire. Businesses will provided with an insight into modern slavery and human trafficking at an international, national and local level, as well as sharing best practice on how to spot the signs of modern slavery.


Child Exploitation

Barnado’s and Warwickshire County Council are organising free Child Exploitation training for businesses across Warwickshire.

Child Exploitation training is relevant for licensed premises because these locations can be used by offenders to access vulnerable children. Alternatively, offenders may arrange to meet children at licensed premises and offer to purchase them ‘gifts’ of alcohol or food.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, premises licence holders and designated premises supervisors have a legal responsibility to make sure that children and young people are protected from harm at their premises. The guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act requires that children must be protected from ‘physical, psychological and moral harm’, so premises allowing persons under the age of 18 are expected to have systems in place to safeguard children and young people.

This event is sponsored and supported by Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre, CSW Resilience and private industry partner Risk Evolves. There are no costs involved for this event, however please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


The event will be held via Microsoft Teams Live. Joining instructions will be sent via email.


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