DIY companies join forces to fight crime against business
Homebase, B&Q and Travis Perkins, owner of the Wickes DIY chain, have formed The DIY and Building Trade Loss Prevention Forum in an attempt to prevent crimes committed against businesses. Through sharing information, members of the forum can help reduce thefts.
Jim McKenna, Head of Group Security at Travis Perkins and chair of the forum, says: “We have come together to fight criminal practices and share intelligence from our businesses. The building trade works a lot on generous credit terms with small to medium-sized businesses and some of the procedures have, in some instances, been subject to abuse over the years and require attention.”
One factor behind the increase in thefts is that global prices for copper have reached record levels, and the price is further expected to reach £7,000 a ton by the end of 2011.
Thieves usually hide the copper tubing inside plastic drain pipes and drive-away – where they simply load up their flat-bed lorries and drive off without paying.
The new forum is managed by ex-DIY sector employee Anne Davies, who now works for loss prevention specialists Oris.
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