R2P Bulletin: Issue 1
2 Brutally Beaten in Convenience Store Robbery [dateline: October 19, 2010]
Store Clerk Dies From Shooting Injury [dateline: January 27, 2010]
Man Convicted in Convenience-store Killing [dateline June 11, 2010]
The frequent headlines make it clear that this type of death or injury on the job occurs distressingly often. Now business owners are learning, and using, the best ways to prevent these tragedies, thanks to public health researchers like Dr. Corinne Peek-Asa of the Heartland Center for Occupational Safety and Health.
Homicide committed during a robbery of a small retail business has been a leading cause of job-related deaths since the 1980s. As early as the 1970s, criminologists theorized that modifying the physical environmental may deter crime. That approach to “crime prevention through environmental design,” or CPTED, basically involves finding ways to make potential criminals feel more exposed and vulnerable in a store or bank or other business they might target. ... [READ MORE]
Teamwork and partnerships are the key to applying research findings to a problem, and a broad coalition of agencies and individuals has supported the spread of the Crime Free Business (CFB) program. A Las Vegas police lieutenant summed it up well: “If we’re going to stop robberies, I think we need to do it as a community.” ... [READ MORE]
|Even though homicide was a leading cause of death in workplaces, with retail workers at greatest risk for fatal assaults, business owners were often taking steps that were less effective than they realized to protect their employees and businesses. …