On 15th September the Retail Crime: International Evidence and Prevention seminar will take place in Stockholm. Swedish stores are targeted by 2 million shoplifting cases each year, for a value of SEK 4.6 billion; only 2 percent of these crimes are reported to the police. Food trade has the highest number of thefts, followed by clothing and shoes, electronics and liquor store products. This pattern is also evident in many countries. In the UK, for instance, the annual bill for retail crime broke through £600m in 2014. While shoplifting is the biggest cause of all retail shrink in 16 of the 24 countries surveyed by the Global Retail Theft Barometer, in the United States, employee theft ranked first at 43 per cent, with shoplifting next at 34 percent. Retail also depends on cargo transport which is also a crime target in many countries, often involving complex chains of organised crime.

This seminar is to characterize the dynamics of crimes typical in retail and shopping centres. Focus is given to the types of environments in which these crimes take place. The seminar will provide both theoretical and practical interdisciplinary perspectives on current crime prevention activities directed to crimes that most affect stores, retailers, shopping malls and commercial conglomerations. As such, this event appeals to both academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The seminar offers state-of-the-art research and crime prevention practices on retail from, for example, Europe, the UK, the USA, Central America, South America and Australia.

The Agenda:

8:30 – Registration and coffee 


9:00 – Opening – Vania Ceccato, KTH

Per Geijer, Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk Handel), Lena Strålsjö, The Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council (Handelsrådet)

9:15 – International trends in retail crime & prevention practices, Joshua Bamfield, Centre for Retail Research, UK

9:45 – Characteristics of frequently-shoplifted consumer products, Brian Smith, New Heaven University & Ron Clarke, Rutgers University, USA

10:15 – Consumer-oriented payment systems: mobile technologies, self-service checkout and the rise of the SWIPERS, Emmeline Taylor, The Australian National University, Australia

10:45 Coffee break 


11:00 – Retail crime in Australia: A case study approach exploring thefts in Perth, Western Australia, Paul Cozens, Curtin University, Australia

11:30 – Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and retail crime: Exploring offender perspectives on risk and protective factors in the design and layout of retail environments, Chris Joyce and Rachel Armitage, UK

12:00-13:00 Light lunch, posters and mingle 

Poster 1 – ‘Retail Security Officers’ Experiences of and Reactions to Workplace Violence’, Benjamin Koeppen, PhD candidate at the University of Leicester, UK

Poster 2 – ‘Safety in shopping centres: The case of Kista galleria in Stockholm, Sweden’, Vania Ceccato and Sanda Tcacencu, KTH, Sweden

Poster 3 – ‘Protection Against Robbery: The Swedish National Program’, Johan Bark, Swedish Trade Federation, Sweden


13:00 Shopping and Crime: A Micro-geographic Analysis in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, David Weisburd, USA, Maor Shai, and Shai Amram, USA

13:30 Three-dimensional hot spots of crime in shopping centers, Vania Ceccato, Örjan Falk, Pouriya Parsaned & Väinno Tairandi, KTH, Sweden

14:00 – Reducing retailers risk of shop theft: Understanding the importance of neighbourhood context, James Hunter, UK

14:30 Coffee break 

14:45 – Stolen medicines and the role or organized crime: how a theft becomes a transnational crime, Ernesto Savona, Italy

15:15 – Cargo theft in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, Marcelo Justus, Tulio Kahn and Vania Ceccato, Brazil


15:45 – Crime and safety issues in a Swedish shopping centre, Per Sandberg, Sweden

16:15 – Prevention loss in Walmart: Strategies to prevent crime and retail losses in Central America, Mariano Bustamante, Mexico

16:45– Understanding retail crime and crime prevention practices in El Giganten, Svante Dahlin, Sweden.


17:15 Lessons from the workshop and mapping the challenges: What next?

This event is free-of-charge but registration is mandatory by 13th September. Limited places. 

To register, please email [email protected]