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NCJ Number: 240124 Find in a Library
Title: Glendale, Arizona Smart Policing Initiative: Reducing Convenience Store Theft
Author(s): Michael D. White; Frank Balkcom
Date Published: March 2012
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Grant Number: 2009-DG-BX-K021
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Bureau of Justice Assistance Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the Glendale, Arizona Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) which addresses thefts at Circle K™ convenience stores using a problem-solving model.
Abstract: Results show that Circle K management practices contributed to the theft problem. These practices included inadequate staffing; failure to respond to panhandling and loitering; and violations of basic Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey principles, such as product placement, line of sight, and lighting. The Glendale team targeted thefts because they clustered at these store locations more than at other store chains, and because the crimes threatened the safety of both customers and Circle K employees. The team was also concerned about the conditions attracting more serious crimes to be committed at these locations, which would ultimately result in overextension of available police resources. The team analyzed the data and subsequently developed a multi-faceted response that included engagement of Circle K management, recommendations for improved store operation and design, prevention efforts targeted at youth, and suppression operations focusing on the most active locations. The team documented significant decreases in calls for service at three of the six target stores during the project period, resulting in the prevention of substantial costs to victims, the city of Glendale, and its police department. The Glendale SPI experience highlights a number of lessons that may be useful for other police departments dealing with this problem, such as likely convenience store reactions to police intervention efforts, the involvement of serious offenders in low-level crime, the relevance of CPTED, and the critical importance of active partnerships. 2 tables and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Police crime-prevention
Index Term(s): Arizona; Crime prevention education; Crime prevention planning; Model programs; Theft causes; Theft offenses; Theft rings
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