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10-22-12 Cohen and Felson

The objects that a victim has on hand can also

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The objects that a victim has on hand can also determine a victim/offender meeting c. How a crime turns out depends on who has more objects in their arsenal C. Direct-Contact Predatory Violations 1. Physical contact is made between an offender and a victim 2. Crime: When the offender harms the victim or damages/ takes the victims property 3. Elements: a. Motivated Offenders: changes in crime rates result from changes in the number of people in a population of motivated offenders. If there’s more crime, people must be more motivated to commit crime for some reason - Assume there is always a population of sufficient numbers of motivated offenders for crimes to occur - Exact reason why is of no interest to Cohen and Felson b. Suitable Targets: there are some people/objects that are more vulnerable to crime/direct- contact predatory violations - Provide more opportunities for crime - Crimes vary with the changes in amount/availability of targets - Motivation is irrelevant without targets - Objects more vulnerable to theft increased during the 1960s - As more people establish single-person households, the availability of targets increase for criminals - Objects have become more suitable over time (ex. TVs become lighter)
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