Examines the processes used to make decisions about security operations within universities, analysing crime and financial data obtained from a sample of 21 UK universities, the security managers of seven of the sample universities having been interviewed. Only three indicators of the need for security were reported: internal crime, external crime and institution size. Of these, expenditure on security was significantly correlated (r = 0.42) only with internal crime. The security managers measured performance mainly by crime statistics. Presents a critique of this and an action/outcome matrix for security operations. Discusses the place of “disconfirming data” in this framework. No evidence was found in the study of a search for and use of such data. Puts forward various proposals for improving this type of decision process.
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