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Violence in Society Chapter 5

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Violence in society
Henriikka Weir
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Violence in Society  Henriikka Weir  Week 5 Chapter 5 Patterns and Trends   Robbery is a theft or an attempted theft in a direct confrontation with the victim, by force  or threat of force  o Ex: If the lady took a purse off someone’s shoulder then it would be a robbery and be an automatic felony (robbery is only when treat or forced is used)  Textbook mainly focuses on the NCVS rates, which still show higher incidence even  though the NCVS excludes commercial robberies and victims under 12   Robbery rates recorded by the NCVS since 1993 have generally declined o 66% decrease in rates from 1993 to 2012  Over a longer period of time, such as since World War II, Robbery rates have  dramatically increased though.  o Why?­ More commercial targets  Injuries common but serious injuries rare o Ex: In 2012, 38.2% suffered some injury but only 16.9% were injured seriously  enough to require medical treatment; and only 0,18% of robbery victims were  killed   Weapon use is fairly common  o In 2012, offenders armed in 51% of personal robberies but only 29% involved a  gun  o The likelihood of using a gun much higher for commercial robberies   Ex: business such as banks and convenience stores) o Use of gun appears to increase monetary success and lessen the chances of being  physically attacked   Robberies overall do not tend to be productive (median loss $140 in 2006)  Unlike with other crimes, the likelihood that offenders and victims are strangers s much  higher with robberies   Small number off offenders specializing only in robbery but vast majority of robberies  opportunistic   Robbery Patterns: o 2012­ most robberies (43%) happened on streets or highways  16.9% at residences  1.9%  at banks   2.4% at gas stations   5.1% at convenience stores   16.9% at other mis. Locations   Robberies committed by young males  o Of those arrested  60% younger than 25  87% males   55% African American  Explanations   Explain Robbery o Define robbery­ theft with a threat or with force   Good theories consider patterns and trends   They should also ask: o What can we do about it?  Prevention and intervention strategies  o What type of environmental and / or individual factors play role in becoming a  robber?  Someone with violence tendencies  o How much, if any, responsibility can be contributed to the victims?  With intervention strategies we must talk about victims rolls   Strain Theory and Differential Opportunity Theory  o General Strain Theory by Robert Agnew (1992) o Cloward & Ohlin (1960)  Control Theory  o Social Bonding Theory   Hirschi (1969) o Techniques of Neutralization   Sykes $ Matza (1957)  Differential Association Theory  o Edwin Sutherland (1939)  Symbolic Interaction Theory  o Based on Max Weber’s assertions but George Herbert Mead introduced to the  field of sociology in the 1920’s   Feminist Theory  o Extension of Feminism  Routine Activity Theory  o Cohen & Felson (1996) Interventions   Criminal Justice Approaches  o Often deterrence and incapacitation based   I.E increased law­enforcement and longer sentences etc. o Proactive policing appears to situationally reduce robbery rates   Displacement­ o Mandatory minimum sentences and habitual offender laws appear to have  minimal impact in reducing robberies over time   Opportunity Reduction Strategies  o Based on routine activity theory  o Reduce opportunities to commit robberies. How?  Think about the 3 elements: Motivates offenders, suitable, target, capable  guardians   Commercial robbery prevention using situational strategy called Crime Prevention  through Environmental Design (CPTED) o Proven strategies include:  1. Employee surveillance ( 2 or more clerks working)  2. Target removal (improving cash­handling techniques)  3. Improving access control  4. Increasing natural surveillance 


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