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Knives and armed robbery

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 159

Emma Ogilvie
ISBN 0 642 24175 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2000


Knives are used during armed robberies at between 2 and 3 times the level of firearms. This paper brings together new data on robbery, noting the strong presence of knives. Ogilvie suggests that knife use needs to be viewed as a critical issue and collaborative work undertaken to contain knife use. Her paper is a first step in that process.

This paper is taken from the report of research undertaken with the assistance of a grant from the Criminology Research Council.