Crime Prevention Clinic

Welcome to the Warwickshire Business Crime Prevention and Awareness Clinic!

Partner agencies and the business sector in Warwickshire have teamed up to launch the Business Crime Prevention and Awareness Clinic. Specialist advice will be provided on a range of topics based on your business needs.

The business crime prevention and security awareness clinic has been developed in partnership betweeen Warwickshire County Council Community Safety Team, Warwickshire Police, Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative, and the business sector. The team provides support with a range of issues from fraud/ theft prevention to protecting your business from becoming a victim of cyber crime. 


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Theft, Burglary, Robbery

Help safeguard your business against theft, burglary or robbery. Find out more about how can you secure your business and deter burglars from entering your business premises. All advice given is impartial and uses Secure by Design national guidelines for crime prevention. 


Retail Crime

How secure is your shop? Help safeguard your business with a few of our top tips on how to outsmart shoplifters, protecting yourself and your business. Whether you are a shop owner or floor manager, we can offer advice and guidance for securing your shop. Find out more about available support for your business by contacting us online via the referral form link. 


Cyber Security Awareness Training (30 mins – 1 hour)

Sessions designed for all staff to help them understand:  

  • What is cybercrime? 
  • What are the main threats we face? 
  • How to protect yourself as an end user 
  • How to protect your organisation 
  • How to report a crime / phishing attempt 


Cyber Ready Workshop (2 – 2.5 hours)

Sessions for key staff and decision makers to help them understand:  

  • End User Security Actions & Policy* 
  • Business Guidance & Tools Available 
  • Response and Recovery to attacks 
  • Training on how to run cyber scenarios 
  • How to spot a phishing email* 

* Available to all staff members  


Data Privacy and GDPR Overview (30 mins)

A short session to explain the principles of the data privacy legislation. This session is aimed at small businesses owners who may be aware of the legislation but be unclear of where to start. We will cover the principles of the legislation and briefly cover some of the steps that organisations can take to familiarise them with the basic requirements. This session will be delivered with one of our partners, Leamington based, Risk Evolves. 


Exercise in a Box Training (1 hour)

This service covers the fundamentals of cyber exercising which helps you to find out how resilient your organisation is to a cyber-attack, and to practise your response to critical cyber incidents in a Safe environment. We’ll walk you through how to use the service and run a live simulation with you of a phishing email that leads to a ransomware attack.  


Cyber Essentials Advisory Session (1 hours)

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective, Government backed accreditation scheme that will help you to protect your organisation, whatever its size, against a whole range of the most common cyberattacks.  

Certification gives you peace of mind that your defences will protect against the vast majority of common cyber-attacks simply because these attacks are looking for targets which do not have Cyber Essentials technical controls in place. The 5 technical Controls cover the following:  

  • Boundary firewalls and internet gateways 
  • Secure configuration 
  • Access control 
  • Malware protection 
  • Patch management 

We’ll preform a gap analysis of your security measures against the Cyber Essentials technical controls to see how close to accreditation your organisation is. You’ll be left with a report of what the next steps are for you to reach the required level for gaining Cyber Essentials.  


Understanding your IT Provider  (30 mins)

Outsourcing any part of your business to a 3rd party can be difficult – how do you know whether your new supplier is going to meet the demands of your business, will they do the bare minimum of work alongside you as a partner? Keeping your IT systems available and secure is critical for any organisation. To help organisations address this challenge, and in conjunction with the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre,  representatives from Zenzero, METCloud, Risk Evolves and NQA have developed a frame work to help small business understand their IT Provider. In this short session we will explain the framework questionnaire that has been developed and ask for organisations to participate in a pilot of the scheme. 


Police Cyber Alarm Membership

Police Cyber Alarm is a tool to help businesses understand and monitor malicious cyber activity. The service is made up of two parts: monitoring and vulnerability scanning. Police Cyber Alarm acts like a CCTV camera– monitoring traffic seen by your businesses connection to the internet.  

Once a Cyber Alarm Virtual Server has been installed it will securely collect, analyse and feed data back to the Police Cyber Alarm Server. The data sent only includes metadata (logs) from internet facing gateways and devices such as External Firewalls. It will detect and provide regular reports of suspected malicious activity, enabling organisations to minimise their vulnerabilities. To signup visit and our team will accept your application.  



CISP Membership

CiSP is a joint industry & government initiative set up to exchange cyber threat information in a confidential environment, increasing situational awareness& reducing the impact on UK business. For more information visit: 

CiSP is for professionals who have an obligation for cybersecurity within their organisation. Those individuals must work for a UK registered organisation or UK Government. The benefits of joining include:  

  • Engagement with industry and government counterparts in a secure environment 
  • Early warning of cyber threats 
  • Ability to learn from experiences, mistakes, successes of other users and seek advice 
  • An improved ability to protect their company network 
  • Access to free network monitoring reports tailored to your organisations requirements 

It’s free to join, however you’ll need one of our team to sponsor you onto the platform.  


Prevent Online Grooming Training for Education Sector Staff

The 2 hour-session is delivered alongside Warwickshire County council’s Prevent Officer to teachers, parents, carers and youth professionals around how young people can be groomed online. The session discusses the ways in which young people can be groomed and radicalised online and covers what signs there may be that a child/young person is being groomed, information on the latest social media apps and gaming trends to be aware of, an insight into the dark web, how groomers use social media to radicalise young people and help and support that is available.      


Fuel Theft

Crime against a business can take many forms. From rural businesses to industrial estates, fuel theft has been one of the challenges for many forecourt retailers and small-to-medium business owners across Warwickshire. Find out more about useful tactics and advice for preventing and deterring a potential fuel theft. 


Freight Crime

Road freight crime is a common issue across Europe and the UK with the UK economy suffering losses of up to £250million every year. In this section you will be provided with information for drivers on preventing road freight crime and minimising the risks of your business becoming a victim. 


Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative Membership

The Warwickshire Retail Crime Initiative Limited (WRCI) is a County wide Partnership approach to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in retail and licensed business premises in Warwickshire with members in Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth, Stratford, Rugby, Atherstone, Nuneaton and Bedworth and villages in Warwickshire. 

Our team is working to bring businesses together to work in partnership with the Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Warwickshire County Council, District Councils, CCTV, BIDS, the National Association of Business Crime Partnerships and other national and local organisations to tackle crime and disorder in our business communities.
We welcome new members. Read more about the scheme here. Contact us for further information or complete an application form 

Benefits of membership: 

  • Use of the DISC App to submit reports and view offender images both known and unknown 
  • View individuals excluded from WRCI member premises 
  • WRCI stickers to identify a premises as a member 
  • Participation in the exclusion order scheme 
  • Services of the WRCI Administrators 
  • Over 500 members to share information with 
  • Access to over 450 offender profiles 
  • Access to the instant message facility on the DISC App 
  • A weekly newsletter containing links to the latest news, alerts, documents and upcoming events  


Public Wi-Fi Savvy Campaign

The current programme is promoting the safe use of Public Wi-Fi for the local businesses. It involves carrying out four simple checks around the administration of the router, remote management capabilities, encryption settings and update patches. 

Having implemented these changes, businesses will receive a poster to display which demonstrates that online security is being taken seriously and that you have a keen interest in protecting your customers against potential online threats in your venue. The poster also has tips for customers on how to stay safe online.