The Federation Press

Violent Property Crime


Why do offenders use violence? This is one of the most frequently asked questions and one that is explored directly through an analysis of 123 accounts of violent property crime.

This book puts the rise in acquisitive crimes in a social context and asks questions about the needs of young males in Australian society. It also contains an analysis of approaches to crime prevention.

Professor Frank Zimring, Director of the Earl Warren Legal Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, says in his foreword to this important study:“The multi-faceted and detailed report is of interest to a general audience for two reasons. It provides information on risks and patterns of crime that hold true for the rest of Australia. It also provides a model of the kind of work that is needed when hard questions must be asked about the nature and cost of crime in a specific setting.”

Table of Contents

The Myth of Reasonable Violence
Violence and Property Crime
The Dynamics of Victim-Offender Confrontations
Background Factors
Motives for Violence

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes

Trends in violent property crime
Trends in Violent Property Crime
Violent Property Crime in Western Australia

Types of violent property crime

Types of Violent Property Crime
Perspectives on violent property crime
Offenders’ Perspectives on Violent Property Crime
Victims’ Perspectives on Violent Property Crime

Responding to violent property crime

Understanding Violent Property Crime
Prevention of Violent Property Crime


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