A Multi-City Report on Crime & Disorder in Convenience Stores

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Reports and Publications
October 2012
Charles M. Katz, Michael D. White, Shirin Marvastian

As part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Smart Policing Initiative, the Glendale Police Department and the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety (CVPCS) at Arizona State University (ASU) found that convenience stores -- particularly Circle K’s -- disproportionately contributed to crime and disorder in the city of Glendale. CVPCS staff reached out to other law enforcement agencies in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and in June 2011, they authored a report based on 2010 data from four cities: Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Tempe. The 2010 report revealed that, when compared to other convenience stores Circle K’s, were disproportionately responsible for crime and disorder, regardless of their neighborhood or city.