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Heavy Business

Commercial Burglary and Robbery, 1st Edition

By Dermot Walsh


198 pages

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Originally published in 1986. Based on interviews with men in prison, this study takes two groups of convicted criminals: men convicted of robbery, and, for comparison, a sample of men convicted for breaking into commercial premises. It focuses on how victims are chosen, the decision-making processes involved, and the characteristics of those selected and those rejected as unsuitable potential victim material. Also described are the pattern of the crime (time, place, gain), and the ways in which people become involved in it. Allowing several convicted robbers describe in their own way why they did it and what they thought and felt about it, Dermot Walsh presents a disquieting picture, in which robbery appears to be an attractive proposition to several different groups of men, facing quite different circumstances, and for different reasons.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Burglars: Personnel 2. Burglaries: Events 3. Robbers: Personnel 4. Robberies: Events 5. Robberies: Victims and Aftermath 6. Conclusions. Notes and references

About the Author

Dermot Walsh was lecturer in sociology at the University of Exeter.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Criminology

Reissuing seven works originally published between 1940 and 1997, this collection spans the time in which Criminology has been a recognised academic discipline. It offers a set of excellent works on diverse aspects of the field from nineteenth century criminality to burglary in the 1980s. The set includes a Dictionary and several works looking at the social and psychological side of crime.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology