Is robbery becoming more violent? An analysis of robbery murder trends since 1968

Journal Article (Journal Article)

According to the police-generated data, 1973 was a turning point. Robbery murders as a percentage of both total homicides and total robberies were increasing before 1973, but not thereafter. Indeed, a substantial reduction in the robbery murder-robbery ratio occurred in 1981. Thus, there is little support for the fears that there is a new breed of street criminals who cause more serious injuries and deaths in robberies. Very recent trends point in the other direction. Killing a robbery victim appears to be going out of fashion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cook, PJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 76 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 480 - 489

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-4169

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2307/1143614

Citation Source

  • Scopus