Crime and Security: Managing the Risk to Safe Shopping by Adrian Beck

By Adrian Beck

This crucial publication bargains designated insights into crime and its prevention in retailing. it's the first comparative examine of crime and nuisance on the town centres and purchasing centres. The e-book contributes on to the present debate in regards to the energy and viability of ghigh-street shopping.

It discusses severely the use and effectiveness of various protection thoughts, together with the function of safety guards and the 'privatisation' of policing within the retail quarter. an in depth exam is made up of the burgeoning use of closed circuit tv, whatever that is contrasted with the shortcoming of knowledge approximately its effectiveness.

This well timed and significant contribution is of curiosity to shops, town-centre and shopping-centre managers, the personal safeguard and law enforcement officials, in addition to lecturers and scholars.

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A recent survey by the Automobile Association (AA) of 1,400 members found that the quality of car parks determined where 70 per cent of the sample would shop. One in five motorists said that they avoided multistorey car parks altogether and three-quarters of the women surveyed said that they did not feel safe in them (The Times, 17th December, 1993). And in a similar survey the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) found that onethird of female drivers were anxious about driving alone at night (Jones, 1995).

I'm glad you asked ... It's the drinkers and the dealers, the drugs you know, what makes it sort of... oppression, like. They're putting up cameras soon, which I guess says it all... And you never see a copper. Secondly, there were a significant number of comments which alluded to unacceptable rather than criminal behaviour and, more pointedly, to unwelcome or undesirable co-visitors: This town is no different to any other, I guess. The scum seem to surface on Saturdays. I don't like my kids coming in on their own, but I don't mind if they're with friends.

There are occasional high-profile cases which attract enormous media interest, including: the murder of an assistant store manager at Woolworths, John Penfold, in November 1994 in Teddington (Berrington and Ford, 1994); the brutal assault on a pregnant woman whilst late-night shopping in London's Oxford Street (Pierce, 1994); the stabbing of 15 shoppers in a random attack in the Rackhams store in Birmingham in December 1994 (Ellam, 1994; Kennedy, 1994b); and the repeated slashing with a knife of two supermarket assistants at Budgens in Reading by robbers who were demanding the keys to the store's safe in early 1995 (Duce, 1995).

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