Raid-control, the national retail crime prevention initiative, has picked up the 'Contribution to the Community' award at the annual British Security Industry Association (BSIA) awards.
The initiative involves police and the security, retail and insurance industries. It requires retailers to adopt five crime prevention measures: staff training, cash minimisation, time delay systems, image capture systems and indelible note staining.
It has been recognised by the Association of Chief Police Officers in its gun crime prevention manual as a best practice approach to reducing commercial robbery, and claims to have an average robbery reduction success rate of 90%.
There are currently 250 Raid-control certified premises across the country and a further 250 awaiting certification.
Raid-control chairman John Birkenshaw said: "When we launched the concept in 2002 we were sure it had the ability to make a difference to community retailers and this award confirms that confidence."