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Shoplifting in Small Stores: A Qualitative Case Study in Perth, Western Australia

  • Paul Cozens
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


In Australia, it is estimated that there were 1.3 million incidents of shop thefts in 2011 (Smith, Jorna, Sweeney, & Fuller, Counting the Costs of Crime in Australia: A 2011 Estimate, Research and Public Policy Series No. 129, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra, 2014). The literature highlights a number of situational factors, which can facilitate shoplifting including store layout, security devices and guardianship (Beck, Amplifying Risk in Retail Stores: The Evidence to Date on Making Shop Thieves Think Twice. Brussels: ECR Community, 2016). However, few studies have explored how these are used/perceived by small retail businesses in the Australian context. This chapter presents qualitative research findings from semi-structured interviews with a small sample of six retailers in Perth, Western Australia. This research explores their experiences and perceptions of shoplifting within their stores and their understanding of crime prevention through environmental design/situational crime prevention.


Shoplifting Situational crime prevention Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) CRAVED products Small businesses Western Australia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Cozens
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  1. 1.School of Design and Built EnvironmentCurtin UniversityBentleyAustralia

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