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Criminals and Victims$
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W. David Allen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762526

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762526.001.0001

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The Planning of Crime

The Planning of Crime

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(p.28) Chapter 2 The Planning of Crime
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Criminals and Victims
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804762526.003.0002

This chapter analyzes criminal planning behavior, focusing on the factors that shape the choices made by criminals in planning a crime. Using convenience store robberies as the setting for empirical investigation of the criminal-planning model, it probes more closely into the relationship between the planning behaviors of criminals and consequences of committing crimes. The model presented in this chapter builds on the classic time-allocation approach to illegal activity, highlighting the three important criminal-planning decisions: the use of an accomplice, the use of a weapon, and the use of scarce planning time itself. The chapter also discusses how these choices vary with individual and environmental factors: loot, the robbery sanction, apprehension probability, criminal productivity, opportunity costs and endogenous factors.

Keywords:   criminal planning, planning, crime, robberies, accomplice, weapon, loot, robbery sanction, apprehension probability, planning behavior

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