N – Crimes

IE302-040ROBBERY

More than a quarter of all robbery victims know their assailant and more than 50% of all robberies are committed by more than one offender.  The majority of  robberies happen in the street; place of work or business and in the home being the next most likely.

There are many crimes that are far more lucrative than mugging or  robbing someone. Let’s say the mugger gets an average of 80$ and may be a cell phone per robbery. That’s not that much. This especially in light of the fact that sometimes he gets more, other times much less. Although he gets this money in a very short time, this is a very low yield strategy. But on the plus side, it’s enough to get him a small amount of money in a short time. This is especially useful for getting cash for one’s drug fix or spending money for an evening. (A mugger isn’t paying his bills with this kind of crime.) Another advantage is by targeting non-violent civilians, his risk of injury (and capture) is very low. This puts mugging in a low risk, low yield and low work operation.

Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart…

Isaiah 7:4 NIV

This is the risk to rewards issue. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Those who are willing to take greater risks to achieve greater yields are known as robbers. The truly hard-core robbers are going to go after the most money whether it be other criminals or institutions. But in comparison to other lucrative crimes, robbery is still a low work load crime.

The thing about these more lucrative crimes is that they require work. It is a serious misconception that all criminals are lazy. They aren’t. The higher up, more sophisticated and more lucrative crimes require hard work and planning. What’s more is that they require cooperation and personal restraint. Literally, crime is these people’s profession. And in a twisted way, they are professionals.

It is also a serious misconception that all criminals are stupid. A successful criminal has to be smart, savvy and aware to survive in such an environment. He must not only watch out for the police, but he must always be on guard with other criminals – who will turn against him. (In fact, a significant reason that the police records of crime must be considered low, is of course low reporting, but also crime committed by criminals on other criminals are usually not reported to the police).

STREETCRIME

Robbery and Muggings are usually left for the very low end of the criminal career ladder, and that leaves the victims facing either the dregs of the criminal world or the most violent. And sometimes both.

All the planning it takes to mug/rob someone is putting a weapon in his pocket, walking out his front door and heading out to where there are people with something worth mugging them for. The workload is simply waiting until a viable victim walks by and then mugging that person.

A criminal assault is fast, vicious and overwhelming. Criminal attacks are designed to ensure their success, meaning to get the desired loot and escape without a fight and any complications  and it takes time to develop these conditions. This makes the street thug predictable. They usually pick the easiest victims which are unaware and show a timid, non confident body language and are in a suitable location.

Do not fear or be dismayed, for the Lord is with you.

2 Chronicles 20:17 NKJV

Many negative clichés about criminals fit the mugger, he tends to be stupid, lazy, violent, unpredictable and dangerous and often drug addicted. Many times they come from the most violent, dysfunctional and abusive backgrounds imaginable

Muggers not only have a complete lack of empathy, they don’t care if they hurt you. This criminal is willing to offer you violence to get what he wants. If you don’t give it to him, he is willing to kill for that amount.

Many of them are themselves, often children, (not over, or just barely over eighteen), and that makes them even more dangerous; on top of a dysfunctional and violent, you also have the self-centeredness, lack of foresight, lack of maturity and emotional instability of a teenager.

If such a person perceives that something is going wrong with the mugging or carjacking, then it is the next logical step to resort to violence, pull the trigger, stab or hit.

While he could pull that trigger on a whim, most people are harmed by muggers because they either tried to stall him, argue with him, resist ineffectively or tried to scare him away. Remember, the mugger is only concerned with two things; himself and the here and now. He has no fear of the police, nor does he have any concern that his actions may have long term repercussions for him (the threat of prison is like threatening to send him to his room). Often he considers that you are holding his money for him (so it’s not robbery it is getting back what is rightfully his) And – most importantly – he has absolutely no hesitation about pulling the trigger, because to him, you don’t matter.

What matters to him is that he gets what he wants and with little to no risk to himself. And what exactly that might be in his stunted, drug addled mind is anybody’s guess. It can change from moment to moment and even he won’t know until after he’s acted.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:32  NKJV

BURGLARY/HOME INVASION

In most cases, residential burglars attempt to avoid confronting victims. They tend to probe carefully and to make covert entry at the side or rear of a residence, using available cover. Burglars generally prefer to work alone, and most target unoccupied dwellings. Most incidents of burglary do not result in violence, even when the burglar is discovered. When violence does occur, it often results from the offender’s frantic attempt to escape.

Burglars must deal with a multitude of potential threats, such as increasingly sophisticated alarm systems, metal bars on doors and windows, guard dogs, and neighbourhood watch groups. Not knowing the homeowners’ whereabouts causes additional anxiety. Burglary is, for the most part, a stealth crime that depends on opportunity.

In contrast, confrontation generally is considered the key element in home invasion robberies. Home invaders prefer to make direct entry into a targeted residence. In fact, the entry is often dynamic – relying on sheer force, false pretence, or various forms of impersonation. The violence associated with home invasion robbery generally occurs during the initial confrontation with victims, in order to establish control quickly and to limit the likelihood of later identification by the victims. However, mounting evidence suggests that many home invaders enjoy the intimidation, domination, and violence of the offense.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

Galatians 5:22 NIV

Because the threat level inside a residence rarely is known in advance, the offense almost always is committed by more than one offender. These offenders often develop well-organized plans and divide specific tasks among themselves. One or more of the home invaders usually control the victims while the other offenders systematically ransack the residence.

Home invaders usually target the resident, not the residence. They may make their selection in a variety of ways, often choosing women, senior citizens, or drug dealers.

Moreover, home invasion robbery provides offenders with many criminal advantages. First, they are able to alter their plans in a moment if they sense that conditions are not right at the point of confrontation. Rather than suspiciously probing around a residence, they can pull their vehicle into the driveway as if they belong there. This simple tactic often causes potential witnesses to look the other way, unaware that their neighbours are in peril.

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man; do not associate with one easily angered,

Proverbs 22:24 NIV

Home invaders do not have to overcome residential alarm systems, because most systems will not be activated while the residence is occupied. Further, once offenders take control of a residence, they can force victims to open safes, locate hidden valuables, and provide additional information, as needed. And, because they generally leave victims bound or incapacitated, offenders can rely on an ample period of time to escape from the crime scene.

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