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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(3), 88; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8030088

Vehicle Crime, CPTED, and Offending under the Influence: A Qualitative Investigation of Offender Perceptions

Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Received: 14 January 2019 / Revised: 12 February 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 9 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Crime Prevention through Pro-Social Design)
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Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) can impact upon where an offender decides to commit an offence. This is particularly the case for street-level acquisitive crime. There has been little coverage, within research on crime and offending, of how aspects of the built environment might be interpreted by a motivated offender who has a dependency on either illicit drugs, alcohol or both of these. This study draws on qualitative interviews with twenty individuals who have received criminal convictions for vehicle crime offences. Within these offender interviews, images, of repeatedly victimised areas, were examined in order to gauge in what capacity various locations were vulnerable to vehicle crime. Through this examination, pertinent points were made by participants about how and why the appeal of locations could differ for offenders who suffer from substance addiction and offenders who do not. The key findings of this research demonstrate that vehicle crime offenders who are not dependent on drugs or alcohol, may be more risk-averse than those who are. Moreover, both types of offender might become part of organised crime networks, but these findings make an initial suggestion that those who offend under the influence are more vulnerable to coercion by a criminal hierarchy. View Full-Text
Keywords: vehicle crime; CPTED; drugs and alcohol; offender-based research; qualitative research vehicle crime; CPTED; drugs and alcohol; offender-based research; qualitative research
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Quinn, A. Vehicle Crime, CPTED, and Offending under the Influence: A Qualitative Investigation of Offender Perceptions. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 88.

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