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

By Adrian Beck

This very important 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 procuring centres. The ebook contributes on to the present debate in regards to the energy and viability of high-street procuring. It discusses significantly the use and effectiveness of a number of defense recommendations, together with the function of protection guards and the 'privatization' of policing within the retail region. a close exam is made from the burgeoning use of closed circuit tv, whatever that's contrasted with the shortcoming of knowledge approximately its effectiveness. This well timed and significant contribution is of curiosity to outlets, town-centre and shopping-centre managers, the non-public defense and cops, in addition to teachers and students.

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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.

The quickest way is through the [named alley] but it's always crowded with drunks and layabouts. I don't really mind these people [pointing to street entertainers] but it's the drunks - always begging - that's a disgrace. The Council should do something. Well, last year I got my Christmas shopping done right early 'cos the [named shopping centre] gets so packed with gangs of kids - well you can't get through. They're a menace. All they do is hang around. Thirdly, there was an undercurrent of complaints about litter, vandalism and graffiti: It's all so filthy.

Planning consent for a superstore outside Ludlow had also been refused (Prynn, 1994). And, in November 1994, the environment secretary re-jected an appeal by Safeway against the refusal of planning permission for an outof-town superstore near Andover, Hampshire. The stated reasons included the potential inconvenience to people without cars, and the failure to meet the department's guidelines that stores improve the 'vitality and viability' of town centres (Ahuja, 1994). The supermarket giants in particular were disturbed by the extent to which they were losing planning appeals.

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