Hot goods in happy hands: Occasional user accounts and motivations for buying stolen goods

Patel, TG ORCID: 2013, 'Hot goods in happy hands: Occasional user accounts and motivations for buying stolen goods' , Human Behaviour in the Social Environment, 23 (4) , pp. 500-513.

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Using qualitative data collected from an empirical study that focused on theft-related activity in a U.K. high crime area, the motivations and purchase patterns of occasional buyers of stolen goods are considered. In doing so, it is argued that as an illegitimate activity, the stolen goods market not only survives, but actually thrives—even in the face of numerous attempts by legal officials to shut it down. Its success is largely due to unique pull factors, including offering items of need or desire at significantly low prices. However, this article argues that this type of illegal human behavior is varied in terms of offender profile, given that it is shaped by elements of the social, political, and economic environment and that crime reduction initiatives would do well to remember this. On this basis, a number of recommendations for crime reduction policy and practice are suggested

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Human Behaviour in the Social Environment
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1540-3556
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Tina G. Patel
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 16:04
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 23:04

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