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NCJ Number: 142247 Find in a Library
Author(s): D P Farrington; S Bowen; A Buckle; T Burns-Howell; J Burrows; M Speed
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 35
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The effectiveness of crime analysis and situational crime prevention in preventing shoplifting was studied in 1991 in nine retail stores in Great Britain identified in a prior study as having high shoplifting rates.
Abstract: Electronic tagging was introduced in two stores, store redesign in two stores, and a uniformed guard in two stores. The other three stores received no intervention and served as controls. Shoplifting was measured the week before the intervention, the week after, and 3-6 weeks later. The results revealed that electronic tagging caused a lasting decrease in shoplifting. Store redesign caused an immediate decrease that was wearing off after 6 weeks, and the uniformed guard had no effect on shoplifting. Recommendations for further research, tables, literature review, and 39 references
Main Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Shoplifting
Index Term(s): Foreign crime prevention; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police
Note: Chapter to appear in: R.V. Clarke (ED.) Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 1, 1993. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press
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