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Effectiveness of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in Reducing Criminal Activity in Liquor Stores: A Pilot Study

Casteel, Carri MPH, PhD; Peek-Asa, Corinne MPH, PhD; Howard, John MD; Kraus, Jess F. MPH, PhD

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Abstract

Liquor store employees experience disproportionately higher rates of workplace injury death than employees in any other retail setting. However, efforts to introduce workplace violence prevention programs into liquor stores have been minimal. This study examines the effectiveness of a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design intervention in reducing criminal activity in Santa Monica, California liquor stores. Nine stores enrolling in the study received an individualized intervention safety plan; the remaining 13 served as a comparison group. Mixed-effects Poisson regression was used to examine intervention effectiveness. The largest reductions in criminal activity occurred for robbery and shoplifting outcomes. We conclude that the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design program reduced crime and injury in liquor stores and educated small businesses about the risks associated with retail violence and the countermeasures that can be taken.

©2004The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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