As the retail industry begins to feel the economic pressure, retailers have found it challenging to keep up with loss prevention and combating shoplifting.

To tackle these increasing risks next week’s Retail Expo Australasia will feature a specific security technology zone, which will unveil the most sophisticated technologies needed to safeguard retailers against shrinkage.

“The biggest challenge today in retail security is being able to put together a quality chain of evidence that enables retailers to confidently take action against law breakers,” said Shane Phillips, CCTV Hire, who will launch a 360 degree, three megapixel, indoor/outdoor camera at the trade only event.

Disguised as a speaker, the Mobotix Q22 hemispheric camera is the first of its type to enable users to view footage via a web browser, move around the room, and take JPEG images as required.

“If thieves know you have a high resolution security solution they will look somewhere else that doesn’t,” said Phillips.

“In most cases, if you have clear evidence, criminals will plead guilty, which will save lengthy and costly court appearances.”

Joining CCTV Hire in the security zone is IDW Technologies, a specialist security supplier. Introducing a biometric time and attendance system at Retail Expo Australasia, IDW Technologies offers access control solutions, vital for protecting back-of-house safes and inventory.

Other security exhibitors include Cisco Systems, Checkpoint and Unilever.

“You only need to read the newspapers or watch television to see how important security is. It’s an issue that’s on everyone’s minds, and retailers have a responsibility to their staff and customers to ensure their stores are safe and secure,” said Peter O’Flynn, exhibition manager, Retail Expo Australasia.

Retail Expo Australasia is held in conjunction with National Retail Forum. Pre-registration is now available at