Grippa 1: 2004 - 2005; Grippa 2: 2006-2009
Arts and Humanities Research Council

Grippa 1, led by Principal Investigator Lorraine Gamman, with Research Assistants Marcus Willcocks and Jackie Piper, was awarded AHRC funding between 2004-6 and also attracted some financial support from the Metropolitan Police and Westminster, Camden and Islington Councils. DACRL researched and investigated the effectiveness of the anti-theft device the Chelsea Clip which fits beneath tables in bars so that it is easy for users to hang their bag. During the early research phase the project identified a number of ‘design issues’ and criminal perpetrator techniques that limited its potential use. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and Westminster City, Camden and Islington Councils a new design of clip was developed to overcome these issues - the Grippa Clip.
Grippa 2 was led by Paul Ekblom, with Co-Investigators Lorraine Gamman and Kate Bowers (Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London), linked to the AHRC funded Turning the Tables on Crime project. The clips were trialled in partnership with JD Wetherspoon and All Bar One. This further improved the design of the anti-theft clips and developed a range of other measures, including communication and service designs aimed at the hospitality industry, as well as evaluative mechanisms to establish the effectiveness of the design.


Close up of a table with a closed red metal hook underneath. The hook is holding a bag


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