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Concept Smoke Screen partners with University of Lincoln criminologists in ground-breaking research initiative

In a first of its kind initiative, Concept Smoke Screen is partnering with criminologists from the University of Lincoln to assess the impact of their systems on retail loss prevention and on crime in surrounding communities.  

This initial project has been made possible thanks to a productivity voucher from The Productivity Programme for Greater Lincolnshire, delivered by the University of Lincoln and funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  

Productivity vouchers provide micro, small, and medium businesses with the academic capacity and technical expertise of the University to address a specific business need to drive forward a new idea, product, process, or service. 

This study, with the Criminology team of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, will also act as a pilot for further investigation into the way that security systems manufacturers and security users can work cooperatively with researchers to share data, providing insights into criminal trends and patterns which have not traditionally been available to either group. 

Concept MD Matt Gilmartin said: 

“We’re hugely excited about this new partnership and the insights it will provide for ourselves and our clients. We see it as both extremely valuable in itself, and as the first step in an ongoing collaboration with the University of Lincoln team. 

“Data is absolutely critical to intelligent crime prevention planning and being able to assess that data in a wider, holistic context will allow us to make smarter choices about how and where our systems are deployed. And we’ll also be better able to advise Smoke Screen users about the broader social impact of these sorts of loss prevention measures.” 

Dr Sue Bond-Taylor, Senior Lecturer and Criminology Programme Leader in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, said: 

“The University of Lincoln Criminology team welcome this opportunity to support Concept’s ambition to become pioneers within the security industry. Their aim is to promote a more ethical and sustainable industry, in which private security companies can make a positive contribution to the communities in which they operate, and we are excited to help them achieve this vision.” 

Dr Nick Cowen will lead the quantitative data team on the project: 

“By pooling data from across multiple sites and multiple retailers, we expect to be able to produce precise and up-to-date estimates about the impact of loss prevention strategies, as well as where, when and how the application of these strategies is likely to be most effective,” he said. 

“Additionally, because we will be establishing the broader social impact of effective loss prevention on the public’s experience of crime and disorder, we anticipate that this will help Concept’s clients substantiate and document their contributions to wider public values according to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance criteria.” 


About Concept Smoke Screen 

Concept Smoke Screen is an award-winning innovator of electronic security systems, specialising in security fogging technology. Established in 1991, Concept Smoke Screen pioneered security fogging in the United Kingdom after recognising that intruders were no longer deterred by conventional security measures. The Smoke Screen range of products was developed to provide direct but harmless confrontation to criminal intrusion, while simultaneously defending high risk property. 

Today, the systems are exported, installed, and deployed globally. They are used for the critical defence of people and property against robbery, raid, and burglary. As well as being a principal member of the British Security Industry Association, Concept Smoke Screen is an ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited company. At the heart of the business is its core belief that safety and security are a basic human right and it is focused on enabling positive societal change to effect this. 

Find out more about Concept Smoke Screen here.