Armed robbery in Australia : 2005 National armed robbery monitoring program annual report

Abstract

The National armed robbery monitoring program (NARMP) aims to examine weapon use
in armed robbery, and to monitor trends and patterns over time in the commission
of the offence. Since 2003, state and territory police services have forwarded
armed robbery data on agreed variables to the Australian Institute of
Criminology for analysis and reporting. The collected information provides
detailed national-level monitoring of trends, identifies changes in trends and
highlights the factors responsible. Quantitative evidence is presented of victim
and offender details, individual and organisational victim numbers, incident
location and timing, weapon use, type of property theft, victim-offender
relationship, offender motivations, and demographic information such as age and
gender. This report updates previous collection of armed robbery statistics at
the national level. It provides an appraisal of trends and patterns in armed
robbery and weapon use for the 2005 calendar year, and factors underpinning
those trends. A comprehensive discussion is presented of the characteristics of
victims and offenders, and patterns of incidents over time. Despite changes in
the level of detail and how information is analysed, the findings are consistent
with those observed since 2003. This shows that the features of armed robberies
have not changed markedly over that time.