About the Author

Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck is a professor in the criminology department at the University of Leicester in the UK where he is primarily focused on research on retail crime and shrinkage issues. Since 1999 Beck has been an academic advisor to the ECR Community’s Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group. He is widely published as well as a frequent speaker at loss prevention conferences in Europe and the US. To read other articles in LP Magazine by Professor Beck, visit LossPreventionMedia.com. Beck can be reached at bna (at) le (dot) ac (dot) uk.

Articles by Adrian Beck

Amplifying Risk with Retail Security Solutions

Retail Security

Amplifying Risk with Retail Security Solutions

Risk amplification is but one part of the jigsaw that must be put together to control losses in retail stores. Making would-be offenders feel that there is an elevated risk of being caught is an important piece of the jigsaw, and a 2016 report from the ECR Community’s Shrinkage and

The 60-Second Guide to Total Retail Loss

Inventory Shrinkage

The 60-Second Guide to Total Retail Loss

A new report from the Retail Industry Leaders Association advocates a radical new way to think about how to understand and measure retail loss.
Shrink No Longer Cutting the Mustard

There is no agreed definition of what constitutes “shrinkage.”
Most estimates are based only upon measures of merchandise losses where the cause is

Beyond Shrinkage: Introducing Total Retail Loss

Inventory Shrinkage

Beyond Shrinkage: Introducing Total Retail Loss

A major new report published by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) puts forward a dramatically different way of thinking about the problem of retail loss and how it might be defined and measured in the future.
The Situation
There is little consensus on what constitutes “loss” within the retail world nor

Redefining Inventory Shrinkage—Four New Buckets of Loss

Inventory Shrinkage

Redefining Inventory Shrinkage—Four New Buckets of Loss

What does inventory shrinkage mean to you?

For most companies, the answer to this question would be obvious: a significant problem, and usually something that is getting worse, not better, despite unprecedented developments in technological solutions and growing loss prevention budgets.

Some retail companies across the globe are gleaming examples of how

Amplifying Risk in Retail Stores

Shoplifting & Organized Retail Crime

Amplifying Risk in Retail Stores

A new report from the ECR Community’s Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group titled Amplifying Risk in Retail Stores offers a comprehensive review of the evidence to date on what is known about the various ways in which retailers try to discourage thieves from stealing from their stores, focusing particularly on

Benchmarking Your Performance on Shrinkage

Inventory Shrinkage

Benchmarking Your Performance on Shrinkage

The session took place on the second day of the conference and used an established technology that enabled individual delegates to “answer” questions in real time put forward by the presenters. The results were then immediately displayed to the audience for review and consideration. At the beginning, delegates were given the opportunity to complete two demographic questions—which