Force & Fear: Robbery in Canada

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Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2002 - Social Science - 297 pages
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Eighty convicted bank robbers, the Canadian penitentiary service, and police departments across the country have all actively contributed to Desroches' quest to uncover why an individual embarks on a crime for which the proceeds are minimal, the arrest rate high and the jail sentence long.

The first book of its kind, Force and Fear: Robbery in Canada examines robbery not just as a crime, but as a criminal event. The author looks at offender motivation and social background, responses to robberies by the criminal justice system, and interaction between robber and victim.

 

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Contents

Laws Related to Robbery
8
Crime as Lawbreaking
16
Summary
22
Urbanization and Robbery
37
Criminal Careers and Career Criminals
62
Rational Choice Theory and Crime
69
Robbery Risk Deterrence and Rational Choice
79
Criminal OpportunityThe Role of Others
89
Summary
170
Muggings
177
Protective Measures for Banks
183
Victim Resistance to Robbery
193
Robbery Prevention for Convenience Stores
199
Summary
208
How Bank Robbers Get Caught
221
Caught at the SceneOther Studies
231

The Spending Habits of Bank Robbers
97
RecidivistsMen Who Come Back
103
Planning the Crime
113
Surreptitious versus
119
Confronting and Controlling Victims
125
The Division of Labour in Robbery Crews
131
The Cowboy M O
142
A Profile
148
Clearance Rates
239
The Chances of Getting Away
247
Crime Prevention
254
Principles of Sentencing in Robbery Cases
265
Conclusion
272
GLOSSARY
289
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Dr. Frederick J. Desroches has worked in a mental hospital, a prison, and at the Departments of Indian Affairs and the Solicitor General in Ottawa. He currently teaches in the Sociology and Legal Studies Department at St. Jerome's University, University of Waterloo.

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