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Armed robbery from an offender's perspective: implications for prevention

Stephen Nugent, Douglas Burns, Paul Wilson and Duncan Chappell
ISSN 1448-1383
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 1989


The offender's perspective of armed robbery is examined to assist the development of operational strategies to reduce the incidence of armed robbery. Criminals were interviewed for this study to obtain information on the following aspects: their modus operandi; their assessment of security arrangements; the likelihood of crime being shifted to other areas; their progression in crime; their attitudes to staff, customers, hostages; and their reaction to punishment and penalties.