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NCJ Number: 120016 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Nuisance in the Shopping Centre: A Case Study in Crime Prevention
Author(s): S Phillips; R Cochrane
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Crime Prevention Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86252-358-3
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office
Crime Prevention Unit
Queen Anne's Gate
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study was carried out in the Midlands (Great Britain), and serves to dispel some of the popular myths that shopping centers have high levels of crime and violence.
Abstract: The complex studied is composed of two shopping centers, owned and managed by different companies, each adopting a different style of security manning. A four-week recording period was carried out by security staff generating information on over 1,060 incidents. These were analyzed to reveal trends across and between the two centers. It was found that incidents of nuisance, not crime, were the predominant problem and these incidents stemmed from a conflict of interest between shoppers, retailers, and the young people who were using the centers as meeting places. Ways of resolving these conflicts include replacing barriers around the cafes to deter leaners, circulating a monthly Anti-Theft Group newsletter, and initiating a research project aimed at identifying the social needs of youths using the city center. 7 tables, 4 references, appendix.
Main Term(s): Crime in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Crime Control Programs; Location specific crime; Retail business crimes
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