[Press & Publications] New Security Journal


January 2001 No 10

 AMATEUR DETECTIVES ARE AS GOOD AS PROFESSIONALS

 FOR BUSINESS, PROFIT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN CRIME PREVENTION

 POLICE SHOULD CHARGE HOME OWNERS FOR FALSE ALARMS

The latest edition of the Security Journal, edited by staff at the internationally renowned University of Leicester Scarman Centre, is published today, providing leading insights into major issues of security and crime prevention.

Professor Ron Clarke and colleagues argue that while technology is giving rise to a range of 'hot products' such as mobile phones, criminals are exploiting the opportunity for illegal profit. Moreover, Government investment is insufficient to meet the challenge.

Centre Director Dr Martin Gill says, 'The authors provide some support for the Government's Foresight programme, although the real problem is that business is geared to profit, and that means that they do not always take crime too seriously especially where the consumer is the loser'.

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Professor Ed Miller of the University's Centre for Applied Psychology reports that professional investigators are no more effective than amateurs at detecting who is lying.

Adrian Beck, a lecturer in the Scarman Centre notes, 'These findings have important implications, and they are not good for investigators. Much more research is needed'.

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Mike Cahalane notes that the rate of false alarms is too high and that the police should start charging for this service, and the police performance should be monitored.

Dr Martin Gill adds, 'the time has come to think about who suffers from some people's quite negligent attitude to protecting their homes. Charging those who are negligent is probably a better option than handing over responsibility to the private sector because the police would lose an important source of contact with the public'.

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In other papers, Mark Button and Bruce George MP argue that private security is already regulated; and Sandra Hughes argues that the only way to tackle violence at work is to have a zero-tolerance programme.

Note to editors: Dr Martin Gill is contactable on 0116 252 5709 (mg26@le.ac.uk); Adrian Beck on 0116 252 2830 (bna@le.ac.uk). The publishers on 0116 221 7778 (info@perpetuitypress.com).


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