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‘the whole window just shatters into a million pieces and it doesn’t make any sound’: an examination of ‘affordance’ and situational cues for theft from a motor vehicle

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posted on 31.05.2018, 12:35 by Anthony Quinn, Louise NicholasLouise Nicholas
© 2018 Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature. Much offending, particularly acts of acquisitive crime, is influenced by whether there is a discernible opportunity to take advantage of. The success of this can be determined by the presence or absence of certain characteristics in the immediate environment and how they are interpreted to facilitate gain by an offender. This study explores some of these techniques or ‘affordances’ that have been adopted by individuals when seeking to commit Theft from a motor vehicle offences. This insight is gleaned through qualitative one-to-one interviews with participants who have received criminal convictions for this crime type. There is an evaluation of how offender awareness of affordances could lead to the vulnerability of certain contexts as subsequently, ideas of countermeasures against these offending opportunities are offered.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Security Journal

Pages

1 - 18

Citation

QUINN, A. and GROVE, L., 2018. ‘the whole window just shatters into a million pieces and it doesn’t make any sound’: an examination of ‘affordance’ and situational cues for theft from a motor vehicle. Security Journal, 31 (4), pp.841–858.

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© Macmillan Publishers Ltd., part of Springer Nature

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2018

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Security Journal and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-018-0136-3

ISSN

0955-1662

eISSN

1743-4645

Language

en