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News - 29 May 2012
Met launches major offensive on economic and business crime
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has carried out a major operation focusing on tackling economic and business crime. Operation Stimtone was the biggest-ever project of its kind initiated by the Met, as 900 officers took part across London in over 300 separate operations.
The BRC has been working closely with the Met Police over the past few months, talking about how it can share intelligence to catch criminals. Work started in March, when the retail body had lunch with Met commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to highlight concerns including e-crime and fraud. They are now due to meet on a monthly basis.
“Retailers hold an incredible amount of intelligence on all types of retail crime,” a separate BRC spokesperson said. “What we are really keen to do is work with the police so they can make better use of that intelligence. Today’s operation is using some of that information and intelligence to better effect.
“One of the issues is that quite often, any kind of retail crime is grossly under-recorded by the police for a variety of reasons. So it doesn’t always show the true extent of the offence.”
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