Armed robbery is regarded as one of the most serious crimes, and is widely reported in the media. The book provides a comprehensive account of armed robbery, based on extensive research with 350 armed robbers in prison, and on work with two police armed response units from the Metropolitan and South Yorkshire Police in the UK. Chapters describe and analyse the attitudes, motivations and methods of armed robbers, the role of firearms, the response of the police and the impact on the victims. At the same time the book provides a much needed critical dimension to an understanding of the nature of armed robbery, locating the changing nature of armed robbery within a broader criminological an sociological framework.
+ Methodology, data and sources
+ The motivation of armed robbers
+ Doing the business
+ Weapon use in robbery
+ Victims of robbery
+ Police and armed robbery
+ The demise of armed robbery?