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Making London safer

University dissertation helps in London-wide scheme protecting bookies from robbery in the capital.
by Ruth Shepherd

A constable for Crime Prevention in the London Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad, Mark Beale, has spearheaded an initiative which has contributed to a 46% reduction in robberies targeting bookmakers in London in 2010/11.

The initiative, called the Safe Bet Alliance, is a voluntary code of security standards for London Bookmakers. It sets out a series of standards including recommendations for the use of CCTV, safety measures for doors and lighting in betting shops as well as banking procedures.

Mark first developed the idea for the initiative whilst studying part time for an MSc in Interprofessional Practice at City University London between 2005 and 2010. The University course provided an opportunity for him to revaluate the way in which partnerships were structured and how effective they were within the Flying Squad crime prevention remit.

Mark commented:

"I am thrilled to see how the Safe Bet Alliance has been adopted throughout the capital. The resulting reduction in robberies in betting shops is testament to the hard work and partnership of the Association of British Bookmakers and the London Metropolitan Police.

"The Interprofessional Practice MSc course assisted me in my work, and added to the success of the initiative, helping overcome many of the barriers to achieving such significant results."

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