‘Street robbery’ is defined ‘as the use or threat of force to steal property from a person in public space. Street robbery is also known as mugging, which usually encompasses the crime of snatch theft as well. Snatch theft differs from street robbery in that it is the taking of property from a victim without the use or threat or intimidation’ (Tompson, 2012). Recent years have witnessed a rise in the number of recorded incidents of ‘street robbery’ in Northampton.
This project with Northamptonshire Police explores which factors influence the choices and behaviours of offenders in committing street robbery offences, and what the police can do to effectively reduce these offences and detect those that occur. It considers the issues of victims, offenders and locations and the intersection of these in allowing for street robbery to take place.
- To explore the decision-making processes of those committing street robberies;
- To explore the offenders’ thoughts and actions before, during and after committing a street robbery;
- To explore the rationale for their selection of victim;
- To explore the rationale for the location and timing of offences.
- To provide recommendations to prevent street robbery, deter offenders, and improve police responses.
- Semi-structured interviews with offenders;
- Thematic analysis of data.
Proposed timeline of activity
|Project plan summary||Proposed timeframe|
|Meetings with police to initially plan project and data collection||May – June 16|
|Follow-up meetings||Nov-Dec 16|
|Data collection tool development||Dec 16 – Jan 17|
|Interviews with offenders (x20)||Feb – March 17|
|Analysis of interview data||April 17|
|Write up findings and final report||May – June 17|
|Present findings at the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference||July 17|
Tompson, L. (2012) Street Robbery. UCL Jill Dando Institute. Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/jdibrief/crime/street-robbery (accessed 25 April 2016).