By Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker, Neal Shover
Essentially the most feared crimes between city dwellers, armed theft poses a major possibility of damage or loss of life, and offers daunting demanding situations for legislations enforcement. but little is understood in regards to the advanced elements that inspire assailants who use a weapon to take estate through strength or hazard of force.
Armed Robbers in motion isn't really like prior experiences that concentrate on the customarily distorted money owed of incarcerated offenders. Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker carried out harmful, life-threatening box learn at the streets of St. Louis to acquire extra forthright responses from robbers approximately their factors and techniques. in addition they visited numerous crime scenes to envision how situational and spatial good points of the atmosphere contributed to the offense. Quoting greatly from their conversations with the offenders, the authors give some thought to the situations underlying the choice to dedicate an armed theft, discover how and why ambitions are selected, and aspect a few of the strategies utilized in a hold-up.
By examining the criminals' candid views on their activities and their social setting, the authors offer a fuller knowing of armed theft. They finish with an insightful dialogue of the consequences in their findings for crime prevention coverage.
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I got me some beer, some cigarettes, and [spent] some on a stone [of crack cocaine]; enjoy myself for a minute. I let the people know I'm trying to pay you and they ain't gonna be knocking on my door. Now I can do me legitimate hustles until the crunch comes again. (Ray Holmes—No. 76) Since spontaneity is an enduring feature of street culture, it is not surprising that the armed robbers often displayed a strong determination to live for the moment. Indeed, Katz (1988) suggests that, through careless spending, persistent criminals seek to establish the conditions that!
I don't think there is any one factor that precipitates the commission of a crime.... I think it's just the conditions. I think the primary DECIDING TO C O M M I T AN ARMED ROBBERY 43 factor is being without. Rent is coming up. A few months ago, the landlord was gonna put us out, rent due, you know. Can't get no money no way else. Ask family and friends, you might try a few other ways of getting the money, and as a last resort, I know I can go get some money [by committing an armed robbery]. (Tony Wright—No.
One of our most challenging tasks involved determining whether potential subjects met the criteria for inclusion in our research. To be eligible, offenders had to be currently active armed robbers; that is, they had to have committed an armed robbery within the past month. The requirement seems straight- STUDYING ACTIVE ARMED ROBBERS 23 forward but often was difficult to apply. The penalties for armed robbery are severe, and many of the offenders were evasive about the precise date of their last holdup.
Armed robbers in action : stickups and street culture by Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker, Neal Shover