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By Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker, Neal Shover

Essentially the most feared crimes between city dwellers, armed theft poses a significant hazard of harm or dying, and provides daunting demanding situations for legislations enforcement. but little is understood concerning the advanced elements that encourage assailants who use a weapon to take estate by means of strength or probability of force.

Armed Robbers in motion isn't really like prior stories that concentrate on the customarily distorted money owed of incarcerated offenders. Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker performed risky, life-threatening box study at the streets of St. Louis to procure extra forthright responses from robbers approximately their reasons and strategies. in addition they visited a number of crime scenes to ascertain how situational and spatial gains of the surroundings contributed to the offense. Quoting generally from their conversations with the offenders, the authors ponder the conditions underlying the choice to dedicate an armed theft, discover how and why objectives are selected, and aspect a number of the strategies utilized in a hold-up.

By examining the criminals' candid views on their activities and their social surroundings, the authors supply a fuller figuring out of armed theft. They finish with an insightful dialogue of the consequences in their findings for crime prevention coverage.

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Bob Jones—No. 09) Some offenders occasionally committed an armed robbery even though they had enough money to meet their immediate needs. By and large, the robberies that fell into this category were not for the purpose of improving the offenders' cash flow situation, but rather were the result of opportunities that seemed too good to pass up. If I had five thousand dollars, I wouldn't do [an armed robbery] like tomorrow. But if I got five thousand dollars today and I seen you walking down the street and you look like you got some money in your pocket, I'm gonna take a chance and see.

As noted, most of the armed robbers we interviewed had only a vague notion of how many crimes they had carried out over the course of their careers. Similarly, few could recall accurately such things as the age at which they committed their first crime or the total amount of time they had spent "off the street" (and hence not at risk for lawbreaking) in jail or prison. Lambda estimates, therefore, are bound to be highly inexact, if not downright misleading. Recognizing that, we decided against using this measure.

Only then might we be able to disrupt those activities before an offense is committed (see Cornish 1994). In the chapters that follow we explore the decision-making strategies used by active armed robbers. Our focus, as noted earlier, is on features of the immediate situation that offenders take into account when contemplating and committing their stickups. The only way to see this process realistically, however, is to place it within the broader context of the offenders' lived experience; their decisions are shaped by everything from prevailing emotional states to internalized cultural forces.

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