Professor Adrian Beck

Adrian Beck

Professor of Criminology

Contact Details

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

Biography

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.

 

Teaching

Publications

2014

Beck, A. (2014) ‘Understanding Loss in the Retail Sector’, in M. Gill (ed) The Handbook of Security, 2nd Edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.

2011

Beck, A. (2011) ‘Self-scan Checkouts and Retail Loss: Understanding the Risk and Minimising the Threat’, Security Journal24 (3): 199-215.

Beck, A. and Palmer W. (2011) ‘The Importance of Visual Situational Cues and Difficulty of Removal in Creating Deterrence: The Limitations of Electronic Article Surveillance Source Tagging in the Retail Environment’, Journal of Applied Security Research6 (1): 110-123.

Beck A. (2011) The Impact and Control of Shrinkage at Self-scan Checkouts, An ECR Europe White Paper, Brussels: ECR Europe.

2010

Beck, A. (2010) Packaging Design for Shrinkage Prevention, An ECR Europe Blue Book, Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A. (2010) Securing the Cathedrals of Consumerism: A UK Case Study on Shopping Centre Security, Research Paper, Helsinki: Helsinki School of Economics.

2009

Beck, A. with Peacock, C. (2009) New Loss Prevention: Redefining Shrinkage Management, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Purchase a copy from Palgrave Macmillan.

Beck, A. and Robertson, A. (2009) 'The Challenges to Developing Democratic Policing in Post Soviet Societies: The Russian Experience', Police Practice and Research: An International Journal10 (4): 285-293.

Beck, A. and Robertson A. (2009) 'Russia', in A. Wakefield, and J. Fleming (eds) The Sage Dictionary of Policing, London: Sage, 149-150.

Beck, A. and Peacock, C. (2009) 'Breaching the Shrinkage Life Cycle: Developing New Loss Prevention', Loss Prevention, November-December, 46-52.

2008

Beck, A. and Robertson A. (2008) 'Policing in Russia', in M. Hinton, and T. Newburn (eds) Policing Developing Democracies, London: Routledge, 50-72.

Beck, A. (2008) Preventing Retail Shrinkage: Measuring the 'Value' of CCTV, EAS and Data Mining Tools, An ECR Europe White Paper, Brussels: ECR Europe.

2007

Beck, A. (2007) 'The Emperor Has No Clothes: What Future Role for Technology in Reducing Retail Shrinkage?', Security Journal20 (2): 57-61.

Beck, A. and Peacock, C. (2007) 'Lessons from the Leaders of Retail Loss Prevention', Harvard Business Review, November, 34.

Beck, A. and Peacock, C. (2007) 'Lessons From Low Shrink Retailers', Loss Prevention, September-October, 56-64.

Beck, A. (2007) Effective Retail Loss Prevention: 10 Ways to Keep Shrinkage Low, Leicester: University of Leicester.

2006

Beck, A. (2006) 'Shrinkage and Radio Frequency Identification: Prospects, Problems and Practicalities', in M. Gill (ed) The Handbook of Security, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 462-482.

Beck, A. and Robertson A. (2006) 'Russia', in D. Das (ed) The World Police Encyclopaedia, New York: Routledge, 688-696.

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Chistyakova, Y. (2006) 'Ukraine', in D. Das (ed) The World Police Encyclopaedia, New York: Routledge, 870-877.

Beck, A. and Peacock, C. (2006) 'Redefining Shrinkage – Four New Buckets of Stock Loss', Loss Prevention, June-July, 35-42.

2005

Beck, A. (2005) 'Reflections on Policing in Post Soviet Ukraine: A Case Study of Continuity', The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet SocietiesView the report online.

Beck, A. and Robertson A. (2005) 'Police Reform in Russia', in W. Pridemore (ed), Ruling Russia: Crime, Law, and Justice in a Changing Society, 247-260.

Beck, A. (2005) 'The Problems of Developing Democratic Policing in Ukraine', in N. Uildriks (ed) Police Reform and Human Rights: Opportunities and Impediments in Post-Communist Societies, Antwerp: Intersentia, 49-61.

Beck, A. and Peacock, C. (2005) 'The European Road Map: Managing Stock Loss in the Retail Sector', Loss Prevention, May-June, 25-31.

Beck, A. (2005) 'Shrinkage in Europe Stock Loss in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector', Executive Outlook5 (1): 58-68.

2004

Beck, A. and Chistyakova, Y. (2004) 'Closing the Gap Between the Militia and the Public in Post Soviet Ukraine: A Bridge Too Far?'Police Practice and Research: An International Journal5 (1): 43-65.

Beck, A. (2004) 'Understanding the Criticality of Context in Developing Community Policing: A Post Soviet Case Study', in G. Meško, M. Pagon and B. Dobovšek (eds) Dilemmas of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 49-65.

Beck, A., Povolotskiy, A. and Yarmysh, A. (2004) 'Police Reform in Ukraine', in M. Caparini, and O. Marenin (eds) Transforming Police in Central and Eastern Europe, Munster: LIT Verlag, 305-320.

Beck, A. (2004) 'Inheriting Other People’s Stock Losses: An Examination of Shrinkage in Retail Supply Chains?', BRC Solutions, 7: 27-30.

Beck, A. (2004) Shrinkage in Europe 2004: A Survey of Stock Loss in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector, A ECR Europe White Paper, Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A. (2004) 'Risk and Your Retail Estate: Is Your Store Shrinking Faster Than Others?', BRC Solutions, 6: 43-50.

2003

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2003) 'Women Militia Officers in Ukraine: Exploring their Experiences in a Post-Soviet Policing Organisation', Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management26 (4): 548-565.

Beck, A., Bilby, C. and Chapman, P. (2003) 'Tackling Shrinkage in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Supply Chain: Developing a Methodology', Security Journal16 (2) 61-75.

Beck, A. and Robertson, A. (2003) 'Crime in Russia: Exploring the Link Between Victimisation and Concern About Crime', International Journal of Crime Prevention and Community Safety5 (1): 27-46.

Beck, A. and Chistyakova, Y. (2003) 'Foreign Experience of Developing Local Partnerships Between Police and Residents', in A. Budeiko, and A. Tyapkin, (eds) Interaction between the Police and the Public: On the Outcomes of the Kharkov Experiment, Kharkiv: National University of Internal Affairs, 6-23.

Beck, A. (2003) 'Reducing Shrinkage in the Supply Chain: What Role for Auto ID?', in M. Gill, (ed) Managing Security: Crime at Work Series Volume 3, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 59-80.

Beck, A., Bilby, C. and Chapman, P. (2003) 'Tackling Shrinkage in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Supply Chain: Developing a Methodology', in M. Gill, (ed) Managing Security: Crime at Work Series Volume 3, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 195-212.

Beck, A and Chapman, P. (2003) Hot Spots in the Supply Chain: Developing an Understanding of What Makes Some Retail Stores Vulnerable to Shrinkage, Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A., Rowe, M. and Willis, A. (2003) 'Practice and Pitfalls of Providing International Policing Assistance', Police Command Studies International.

Beck, A, Chapman, P. and Peacock, C. (2003) Shrinkage: A Collaborative Approach to Reducing Stock Loss in the Supply Chain, Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A. and Chistyakova, Y. (2003) Context-Driven Community Policing In Ukraine: Final Report for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Leicester: University of Leicester.

2002

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2002) 'Developing Police Management Training in Post-Soviet Societies: Understanding the Context and Setting the Agenda', Policing Quarterly Journal5 (4): 447-469.

Beck, A. and Chistyakova, Y. (2002) 'Crime and Policing in Post-Soviet Societies: Bridging the Police/Public Divide', Policing and Society12 (2): 123-137.

Beck, A., Bilby, C. and Chapman, P. (2002) 'Shrinkage in Europe: Stock Loss in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector', Security Journal15 (4): 25-39.

Beck, A. and Lee, R. (2002) 'Attitudes to Corruption Amongst Russian Police Officers and Trainees: Research Findings', Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change38 (4): 357-372.

Beck, A. et al (2002) 'A Critical Analysis of Police Public Relations in Ukraine: Findings from a Joint Study on Community Policing', Journal of Law and Safety, 2: 161-170.

Beck, A. (2002) 'Developing Community Policing in Ukraine: Understanding the Problems and Setting the Agenda', in M. Pagon, (ed) Policing in Central and Eastern Europe: Deviance, Violence and Victimisation, Ljublijana: College of Police and Security Studies, 137-152.

Beck, A. and Dzhuzha O. (2002) 'Crime in Foreign Countries: Concepts and Definitions', in Y. Kondratiev, O. Dzhuzha, and A. Miller (eds) Criminology: A Reader, Kyiv: Yurinkom Inter, 170-190.

Beck, A., Chapman, P. and Peacock, C. (2002) 'Shrinking Shrinkage: Developing a Systematic Approach to Stock Loss', ECR Journal, International Commerce Review2 (2): 59-64.

Beck, A. (2002) 'Auto ID and Stock Loss: Future Prospects, Problems and Priorities', IDTechEx Web Journal, 21, October.

Beck, A. (2002) Automatic Product Identification and Shrinkage: Scoping the Potential, A White Paper for ECR Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A. and Robertson, A. (2002) Public Attitudes to Crime and Policing in Three Russian Cities: Burglary, Victimisation and the Police Response, Report for the Department for International Development, Leicester: University of Leicester.

2001

Beck, A. and Yarmish, A. (eds) (2001) Co-operation Between the Police and the Public in Ukraine, Kharkiv: Kharkiv University Press.

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2001) 'Modern Police Management in the System of Internal Affairs of Ukraine: Problems and Perspectives', Journal of Applied Psychology and Social Work, 1: 49-62.

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2001) 'Specific Aspects of Management in the Ukrainian Police: A Survey of Police Officers', Academic Journal of the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, 1: 23-35.

Beck, A. and Lee, R. (2001) 'Valeurs et Pratiques Professionelles dans la Police Russe', Les Cahiers de la Sécurité Intérieure, 44: 115-142.

Beck, A. (2001) 'Crime and Policing in Transition: Providing Appropriate International Assistance', in M. Shaw (ed) Crime and Policing in Transitional Societies, Seminar Report, No. 8, Johannesburg: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 235-251.

Beck, A. (2001) 'A Critical Review of the "Situational" Approach to Crime Prevention', in O. Dzhuzha (ed) Criminology in Ukraine, Kyiv: Yurinkom Inter, 207-231.

Beck, A. and Lee, R. (2001) Understanding Corruption in the Russian Police: Comparing the Attitudes of Trainees and Serving Officers, COLPI Paper No. 5, Budapest: Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute.

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2001) 'Attitudes of Police Officers Towards Their Managers and the Police Management System in Ukraine'. Proceedings from the International Conference on Developing Police Management Training in Post-Soviet Societies, Kyiv, October.

Beck, A., Barko, V. and Tatarenko, A. (2001) 'Police Management in the UK'. Proceedings from the International Conference on Developing Police Management Training in Post-Soviet Societies, Kyiv, October.

Beck, A. (2001) 'Tackling Shrinkage in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector: Researching the Potential Role of RFID Tagging Technologies', RF Innovations, October, 19-21.

Beck, A. (2001) 'Shrinkage in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector: How Can RFID Tagging Technologies Begin to Help?', IDTechEx Web Journal, August.

Beck, A. and Tatarenko, A. (2001) Developing Police Management Training in Post Soviet Societies, Report for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Leicester: University of Leicester.

Beck, A., Bilby, C., Chapman, P. and Harrison, A. (2001) Shrinkage: Introducing a Collaborative Approach to Reducing Stock Loss in the Supply Chain, Brussels: ECR Europe.

Beck, A. and Chistyakova, Y. (2001) Crime and Policing in Ukraine: The Kharkiv Crime Survey 2000, Report for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Leicester: University of Leicester.

Beck, A. and Lee, R. (2001) Understanding Attitudes to Corruption in the Russian Police, Report for the Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, Leicester: University of Leicester.

Beck, A. and Bilby, C. (2001) Shrinkage in Europe: A Survey of Stock Loss in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Sector, Brussels: ECR Europe.

2000 and earlier

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1995) Crime and Security: Managing the Risk to Safe Shopping, Leicester: Perpetuity Press.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst, K. (1998) 'Policing the Community: The Impact of National Identity Cards in the European Union', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies2 (3): 423-431.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst, K. (1998) National Identity Cards: The Impact on the Relationship Between the Police and Ethnic Minority Groups, Policing and Society, 8: 401-424.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst, K. (1998) Compulsion by Stealth: Lessons from the European Union on the Use of National Identity Cards, Journal of Public Administration76 (4): 770-792.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1998) 'Buying into Security’s Retail Value', Security Management, May.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1993) 'Employee Theft: A Profile of Staff Dishonesty in the Retail Sector', Journal of Asset Protection & Financial Crime1 (May): 45-57.

Beck, A. and Lee, R. (2000) 'Reforming the Police in Transitional Societies: Developing Effective Police Training Programmes in Russia', in A. Kirchner (ed) The Role of Higher Education in the Development of Democracy and an Open Society, Kyiv: Zadruga Ltd, 82-92.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1999) 'Context-Specific Measures of CCTV Effectiveness in the Retail Sector', in N. Tilley, and K. Painter (eds) Surveillance of Public Space: CCTV, Street Lighting and Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention Studies Series, Volume 10, New York: Criminal Justice Press, 251-269.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1998) 'Sales and Security: Striking the Balance', M. Gill (ed) Crime at Work: Increasing the Risk for Offenders, Volume 2, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 95-107.

Beck, A. (1997) Technology and Crime Prevention: The Role of Closed Circuit Television in H. Kavgaci (ed) Turkish Police Towards the European Union, Ankara: Polis Akademisi.

Beck, A., Gill, M. and Willis, A. (1994) 'Violence in Retailing: Physical and Verbal Victimisation of Staff' in M. Gill (ed) Crime at Work: Studies in Security and Crime Prevention, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 83-102.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1994) 'Customer and Staff Perceptions of the Role of Closed Circuit Television in Retail Security' in M. Gill (ed) Crime at Work: Studies in Security and Crime Prevention, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 185-201.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1994) 'The Changing Face of Terrorism: Implications for the Retail Sector' in M. Gill (ed) Crime at Work: Studies in Security and Crime Prevention, Leicester: Perpetuity Press, 139-154.

Beck, A. and Benyon, J. (1989) 'Protest and Dissent', in D. Roberts (ed) Discovering Politics, Ormskirk: Causeway Press, 92–102.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1998) 'Shopping Centre Security', Mall Directions', 9: 4-6.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1997) 'Safety and Security: How Shopping Malls Are Winning the Battle Against Crime', Malaysian Safety and Security Journal7 (1): 26-29.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst. K. (1996) 'Compulsion on the Cards', Security Management Today, April, 27-29.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst. K. (1996) 'A Question of ID', Police Review, August, 16–18.

Beck, A. and Broadhurst. K. (1995) 'National Identity Cards in the European Union: The British Debate', Crime, Order and Policing Series Occasional Paper No. 8.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1995) 'Enemy Within', Security Management Today4 (9): 16-17.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1995) 'Is CCTV Really Effective?', Security Management Today5 (3): 16-17.

Beck, A., Benyon, J., Willis, A. and Morris, S. (1994) Police Forces in the European Union: A Summary, Leicester: CSPO, University of Leicester.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1994) 'Semtex-Free Shopping', Security Management Today4 (7): 13-14.

Beck, A., Benyon, J., Turnbull, L., Woodward, R. and Willis, A. (1993) Police Co-operation in Europe: An Investigation, Leicester: CSPO, University of Leicester.

Beck, A. and Willis, A. (1991) 'Counter Attack', Police Review, May, 17-19.

Beck, A. (1989) 'Thatcherism and Society', Social Studies Review5 (1), Sept, 7-8.

Beck, A. (1989) 'Thatcherism and the Economy', Social Studies Review5 (2), Nov, 7-8.

 

Research

  • 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.

 

Supervision

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

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