Crime against wholesalers is not widespread but FWD members will not tolerate any criminal activity against their staff, customers, premises or property. FWD maintains a database of incidents involving theft and robbery from depots, vehicles and customers in cash and carry car parks, through which we are able to track the movement of offenders, and gather intelligence including CCTV images. This information is passed to the police and has resulted in several arrests and prosecutions.
Based on statistics gathered from the Criminal Intelligence Database, we are able to approach the Home Office, constituency MPs and regional police forces to demand that greater resources be put into identifying and prosecuting criminals who target the supply chain.
FWD monitors incidents of Business Diversion Fraud, where suppliers are approached by criminals posing as FWD members and goods are sent to a false delivery address. We have published an Advisory Note on this issue, and raised awareness among suppliers, who can check members' legitimate delivery addresses by purchasing the Wholesale News Retail Review. We have also raised members' concerns with the Home Office and police authorities.
16/10/2014 - More action needed as duty fraud rises again
09/10/2014 - Trade Bodies Meet with Exchequer Secretary to Discuss Illicit Alcohol Trade
04/03/2014 - Illegal stock puts retailers at risk as authorities crack down on alcohol fraud
18/12/2013 - Track and trace will punish legal tobacco traders