Crimefighters Raised The Bar in 2017

Throughout last year there were a number of incredible success stories from our community. Each month, we recognised members of our community in the Crimefighter of the Month series for their dedication to preventing crime.

At the same time, there were some truly outstanding individuals and teams that rose through the ranks to as examples of the very best of the Auror community. These elite crimefighters not only went the extra mile to solve and prevent crime, but made the whole Auror community a better place.

Since so often combatting retail crime can be a thankless task, we wanted to take our Crimefighter recognition one step further. Before the team at Auror HQ broke for the holidays, we held a special event to recognise our top crimefighters of 2017 with the Supreme Crimefighter Awards.

It was a high note to end the year on, and no doubt the bar has been raised for the 2018 edition. We can’t wait to do it again!

What We Looked For

In deciding the winners of each category we looked at a few criteria:

It wasn’t easy, but there were a few candidates that really stood out. Here’s a short look at each of our category winners:

‍Noel De Sair with Phil Thomson

Australian Business Hero — Noel De Sair, Vicinity Centres

This category recognised Noel for pioneering a new solution in the Australian market (where theft costs retailers more than $8 million every day). He’s been the catalyst for change, with 84 Vicinity shopping centres now using Auror and achieving great results together with local police. He’s a self-professed Auror disciple and all-around good sort. Congratulations Noel!


‍Ellen Dick with Doug Rawson

New Zealand Business Hero — Doug Rawson, Countdown

Recognising an individual that goes above and beyond the call of duty to stop crime in their retail business and work with others to create outcomes for the Auror community, we picked Doug’s for his relentless commitment to upskilling staff around use of Auror, support for the individual stores, and general work to foster a more collegial, collaborative Auror community. Great work Doug!


‍The Waitemata ISU Team

Police Heroes — Matt Murray & Waitemata Police District ISU Team

Working together with the retail community, this award recognises the dual role of working smarter with intelligence and creating measurable outcomes or results in the community. Matt and his team at the Waitemata ISU were true leaders in this respect, particularly with their approach to prioritising offenders in their district for police action, which led to arrests for 27 of the top 31 offenders in their area. They’ve been working in concert with the local retail community to understand challenges and work together better, and generally created a model of how the ISU operates that can be adopted by other districts across NZ. Well done Matt and team!


Business of the Year

‍Kevin Ptak and Mike Hulme, Farmers

Highly Commended — Farmers

In only nine months on the Auror platform, Farmers has made excellent headway in preventing crime in their stores through intelligence. The judges were impressed with their work and expect more great things from them in 2018.

‍Nathan Breed and Tom Batterbury

Winner — Briscoe Group

This was the big one: the award that recognised overall organisational excellence in crimefighting. It’s reserved for only the most elite organisations that have comprehensively transformed their approach to loss prevention, using data, intelligence and insights, worked effectively to foster a better and stronger Auror community, and consider both today and tomorrow in the way they manage their LP programme.

The grand prize went to Briscoe Group, accepted on behalf of the company by Nathan Breed. His team has been working tirelessly over the past 12 months to implement the right mix of technology to empower staff and be more effective in preventing crime. That’s created a loss reduction of about 20 percent across Group stores.