Ocean's Eleven or Seven-Eleven: Does Rational Thought Process Occur in the Selection of Robbery Targets?

Patrick D. Walsh, Loyola University in New Orleans

There is an assumption of rationality by robbery offenders as it concerns target selection. This assujmption of rationality is further extended to the implementation of the commonly utilized robbery countermeasures. If the assumed degree of rationality is higher than the actual amount of rational thought expended by a robbery offender the effectiveness of certain countermeasures comes into question. This research utilized both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to determine the amount of rational thought utilized by some robbery offenders. The findings indicated that a range of rationality existed among robbery offenders that was identified as a rationality-crime deterrence continuum.

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