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NCJ Number: 120000 Find in a Library
Title: One Hundred Convicted Armed Robbers in Melbourne: Myths and Reality (From Armed Robbery: Proceedings of a Seminar Held 22-24 March 1988, P 37-47, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-119997)
Author(s): A Kapardis
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study involves a sample of prisoners serving sentences in Victoria for armed robbery.
Abstract: Data was collected from prison records and interviews of the prisoners. A general background of convicted armed robbers indicates most were under age 25, uneducated, involved with drugs, and had extensive involvement with the criminal justice system. The study found a significant involvement of both alcohol and drugs and that the time period between deciding to and actually carrying out the robbery was related to the offender's motive, the number of offenders involved and degree of planning. Banks were the most frequent target, and cash was the type of property most commonly stolen. These subjects did not fit the public stereotype of the meticulous planner and cool operator. Further, the data suggest an increasing use of firearms and an increasing readiness to use them. 22 references.
Main Term(s): Armed robbery
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Theft offenses
Note: For microfiche, see NCJ-119997.
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