Crime Prevention and Community Safety

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 7–13 | Cite as

Predicting Criminals' Targets

  • Timothy R Wheeler
Research Article


In a time of scarce resources it is particularly important to target crime prevention initiatives where they are most needed. In Britain POCL, which runs the nationwide network of post offices, uses a risk index to identify which of its offices are most at risk and thereby warrant priority for security upgrading. This paper describes the index used and its sensitivity in identifying priorities.


Post Office Counters Ltd (POCL) risk-based approach risk assessment linear regression technique security investment programme 


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Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy R Wheeler
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  1. 1.Head of Security and Investigations Executive, Post Office Counters LtdLondon

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