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NCJ Number: 228392 Find in a Library
Title: Service Station Armed Robbery in Australia
Author(s): Lance Smith; Erin Louis; Letitia Preston
Corporate Author: Australian Institute of Criminology
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study examined the incidence of armed robbery at service stations in Australia and profiles of the offenders involved.
Abstract: Highlights of findings on the incidence of service station robberies include: (1) offenders who robbed services stations had a higher probability of being detected compared with offenders who targeted an individual in a public or residential space; (2) service stations were more likely to be targeted at night by lone offenders using knives; and (3) other commercial locations were more likely to be targeted during the daytime rather than late at night. Highlights of findings profiling offenders who committed armed robberies include: (1) in Australia, armed robberies were committed primarily by men under the age of 35 years; (2) offenders targeted establishments where the victims were not known to them; and (3) as the professionalism of the offender increased, the distance the offender was prepared to travel to commit armed robbery also increased. The incidence of service station armed robbery has steadily increased over the past decade in Australia. To examine service stations as targets of armed robbery and profile offenders, this study analyzed data from the 2006 Australian Institute of Criminology's National Armed Robbery Monitoring Program (NARMP). The analysis used incident-based data only. Figure, table, and references
Main Term(s): Armed robbery
Index Term(s): Australia; Gasoline; Location specific crime; Robbery; Violent crime statistics; Violent crimes
Note: Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 373, June 2009
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