Professor Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck

Professor of Criminology

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5702
  • Email:
  • Office: Room 1.03, 1st floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

After graduating from the University of Leicester in 1988, I joined the newly-formed Centre for the Study of Public Order as a Research Scholar. I was then promoted to a lectureship in 1991, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2002 and a Reader in 2005. In 1991 I set up the first ever postgraduate degree in Security Management and I've lectured widely on crime in the work place and policing post soviet societies. Since 1999 I has been an academic adviser to the ECR Europe Shrinkage Group. I have completed two pan European studies on the extent of the problem of shrinkage throughout the European Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector, and completed a range of projects looking at loss prevention in the retail sector, including: the way in which dishonest members of staff exploit processes and procedures to perpetrate their crimes, and evaluating the impact of loss prevention technologies. I have published widely on the subject of loss prevention and completed a major book on the subject, entitled New Loss Prevention: Redefining Shrinkage Management, which was published in late 2009.



  • Retail crime and loss prevention
  • Staff dishonesty
  • Technologies and crime prevention
  • Crime and policing in transitional societies
  • Community policing

In 2012 I was awarded a four-year grant by the ECR Europe Shrinkage Group to undertake a series of research projects focused on crime and loss in the European retail sector. These include: understanding the relationship between staff satisfaction and loss; defining total loss in the retail sector; and undertaking a Meta analysis on risk communication in retail spaces. In 2013 I was awarded (with Dr Matt Hopkins) an ESRC grant (ES/L005085/1) to look at the potential impact of self-scan technologies on losses in retail companies. Working with Ahold, Asda, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Walmart, this project is interested in the use of consumer owned mobile technologies to scan and pay for products in retail stores and the risks associated with this type of activity.


  • Crime and loss prevention in the retail sector
  • Technologies and crime prevention
  • Surveillance and social control and surveillance technologies

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154 Upper New Walk

T: +44 (0)116 252 3946/2458
F: +44 (0)116 252 5788


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