The British Retail Consortium is today opening the Retail Crime Partnership Conference aimed at tackling the blight of urban crime.

Key topics at the conference include achieving the Safer Shopping Award, the Data Protection Act, the Business Information Crime System and a National Partnership Association.

Director general of the BRC Bill Moyes said: “The retail sector is not immune to the forces at work in society at large and as an integral part of the local community has a key role in tackling urban criminal activity.

“Retail Crime Reduction Partnerships are now an established way for the sector to successfully play its part and this conference will help further an understanding of them.”

Hosted by the BRC in association with the Midlands Regional Crime Initiative, speakers at the event include representatives from Midlands Regional Crime Initiative, Office of the Information Commissioner, The GAP, Northamptonshire Police and Reliance Security Services.

The conference takes place today at Austin Court, Cambridge Street, Birmingham.