Crime at Work: Studies in Security and Crime Prevention

This groundbreaking book contains a wealth of information which will be essential reading for all those interested in crime prevention, security, the motivation of different types of offenders, and the effectiveness of various security measures. Topics covered include why people commit robbery and their use of weapons, what deters shoplifters, why people think insurance fraud is legitimate, how bar staff fiddle their customers and their employers, why and how staff are assaulted, the impact of terrorism, attitudes to the use of closed circuit television, and the relative merits of in-house and contract security in commercial policing. Each article covers the theme of crime prevention. Papers incorporate the views of offenders, victims, customers and staff. Until now there has been very little consideration of the extent, impact and patterns of crimes that occur in the workplace. This important text suggests that such an omission is no longer justified. Produced in collaboration with business, the book reflects the growing realisation that effective responses to crime are based on the need to collect and share information.

Book contents:

  1. Introducing crime at work

  2. Robbers on robbery: offenders’ perspectives

  3. Commercial burglary: what offenders say

  4. Ram raiding: the history, incidence and scope for prevention

  5. Shoplifters views on security: lessons for crime prevention

  6. Insurance fraud: the business as a victim?

  7. Violence in retailing: physical and verbal victimisation of staff

  8. Crime, business and policing on industrial estates

  9. Fiddling in hotel bars: types, patterns, motivations and prevention

  10. The changing face of terrorism: implications for the retail sector

  11. Electronic Article Surveillance: management learning in curbing theft

  12. Electronic tagging in action: a case study in retailing

  13. Customer and staff perceptions of the role of closed circuit television in retail security

  14. Security implementation in a computer environment: people not products

  15. Why some organisations prefer in-house to contract security staff