Robbers on robbery: offenders’ perspectives

  • Martin Gill
  • Roger Matthews


There are very few studies of commercial robbery 1so this paper will attempt to redress the imbalance. It is based on findings from 341 interviews with convicted robbers in British prisons and the main aim is to identify areas where preventative policies may be deemed to be effective. Essentially, crime prevention strategies afford the opportunity to intervene at various stages in the development of a crime and as a consequence deflect or dissuade potential offenders. Initially, they may influence an individual’s decision whether to commit an offence. Second, crime prevention strategies may be used at the point where the individual plans the offence and selects the target. An understanding of attitudes towards security measures will help to identify effective preventative strategies. Third, crime prevention strategies may influence how the robbery is carried out by reducing the vulnerability of potential targets.


Crime Prevention Security Measure Post Office Previous Conviction Building Society 
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  • Martin Gill
  • Roger Matthews

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