Speaking at the annual Retail Automation Conference, Bill Briggs, group securities operations manager at electronics retailer Dixons, said retailers needed to share crime incident data to protect against rising levels of crime in the industry.
"It is an absolute must for retailers to join the database," he said. "The more information there is on there, the better it will be for all of us."
Briggs, who is also chairman of the data and information group at the British Retail Consortium, said protecting against losses should not be seen as a competitive issue.
"Selling for profit is a competitive issue but protecting our profit should not be," he said. "Sharing information will give us the edge against the criminal community."