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NCJ Number: 157090 Find in a Library
Title: Force and Fear: Robbery in Canada
Author(s): F J Desroches
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 299
Sponsoring Agency: Nelson Canada
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 5G4, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-17-604165-6
Sale Source: Nelson Canada
1120 Birchmount Road
Scarborough, Ontario M1K 5G4,
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This volume reviews research and theory on robbery, with emphasis on Canada's experience.
Abstract: The discussion is based partly on research conducted during the past decade with the assistance of most major police agencies in Canada, the Canadian Penitentiary Services, and 80 convicted bank robbers. The text examines the characteristics of robbery, the social background and motivation of offenders, the interaction of robbers and their victims, and the criminal justice system's response to this crime. Individual sections focus on the reporting of holdups, the laws surrounding robberies, the planning of a holdup, financial gains, the urban context of robbery, typologies of robbery and offenders, rational choice theory, and the influence of the mass media and other criminals. Other sections consider the role of drug abuse and unemployment, the use of weapons and violence as techniques for handling victims, the selection of targets, the potential trauma and physical injury victims face, prevention techniques, and police responses. Figures, photograph, glossary, index, and approximately 250 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal methods; Foreign crime statistics; Offender attitudes; Offense characteristics; Robbery
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