This study examined characteristics of robberies that led to victim injury or death using data collected from homicide records of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and offense reports submitted to the CPD's Detective Division.
Data were obtained for homicides classified as robbery- related, homicides for which no motive was assigned, robberies that resulted in victim injury, and nonlethal robberies. The study sought to determine the extent to which homicides resulting from robberies were misclassified as homicides for which motives were undetermined, the frequency of homicides resulting from robberies in which individuals did not know each other, whether robberies involving illicit drugs were more likely than other robberies to result in death of the victim, and the extent to which weapon use in robberies affected the probability of victim death. The study also investigated the effect of victim resistance on the likelihood of victim death, whether robberies led to physical injury, whether individuals of different races suffered disproportionately from injuries due to robberies, the extent of male versus female victimization by robberies, and racial dimensions of robberies. Although data resulting from the analysis are tabulated separately, a data completeness and consistency report and a codebook are included. Additional information on study variables is appended. 1 reference and 5 tables
Date Published: January 1, 1990
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