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Victimisation of Petrol Service Stations: Crime Patterns and Implications

NCJ Number
Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Dated: 2002 Pages: 37-48
Neil Chakraborti; Martin Gill; Andrew Willis; Jerry Hart; Polly Smith
Rob Mawby
Date Published
10 pages
This article discusses research on the impact of crime on retail business, in particular on that of the petrol service stations in the United Kingdom, in order to assist in the development of preventive measures.
This research project focused on key crime patterns, highlighting the wide range and number of offenses committed and their serious financial consequences for petrol retailers. The research methodology used is described as aimed at provision of a national crime statistics database for recording crime against petrol service stations. It is shown here that service stations are vulnerable targets for criminal activity in urban and rural parts of the United Kingdom at all times of the day, week, and year. Tables are included showing the number of reported incidents by retail organization, number of reported incidents and average cost per incident by offense type, number of reported incidents by offense type and region, number of reported incidents by time of day and offense type, number of reported incidents by day of week and offense type, and number of reported incidents by month of the year and offense type. It is suggested that both improved security measures and increased police intervention are needed to reduce crime and increase safety in service stations throughout the United Kingdom. 14 Notes, 14 references