A new scheme to reduce crime against businesses will see officers from West Midlands Police work with local firms to see what makes them tick.
Retail companies, in the region, are soon set to hold training sessions for up to 500 officers from the force in a new pilot scheme.
If funding details are resolved, the project could see officers seconded into local companies for periods of between two weeks and six months. The British Retail Consortium's Action Against Business Crime has agreed to coordinate the project along with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
John Lamb, spokesman for Birmingham Chamber, pointed out: "This is a positive development. It will boost familiarity and liaison between police and businesses so more information can be shared and problems tackled."
Assistant Chief Constable Stuart Hyde said: "We have asked them to to help us better understand what business can deliver and what it can't and to get across to our people that profit is not witchcraft."
West Midlands Police was approached by the BRC after working with Tesco to reduce the likelihood of crime in car parks across the region.
Richard Barron, business crime manager at the AABC, said many officers had difficulty seeing crime prevention measures from a business point of view. One example was that an officer may not understand why a retailer would want to put highervalue items, such as leather coats, close to the entrance of the shop because of the higher risk they would be stolen.
For the retailer, he said the increase in sales might warrant the risk.
He said: "It is getting them to understand what motivates business, the profit driver, so they can gear their response to the business better."
He said that if the scheme went ahead it would be a major training programme for the West Midlands Police at a senior level.
If the pilot is successful, it could be used as a model by the Association of Chief Police Officers and rolled out across the country.
Business have long complained that offences against them have been treated as victimless crimes, which have been neglected because they do not appear on a separate key performance indicator.
But many have argued that many offences have gone unrecorded by firms, who have been anxious not to raise their insurance premiums or highlight any particular weakness in their operations.
The Home Office plans to reduce the number of specific police targets and replace them with broader goals so that police forces concentrate on reducing the general volume of crime.