Compared with commercial or other types of robberies, street robberies tend to be more opportunistic and occur in a more open and less predictable environment. Though some often consider street robbery a crime of opportunity involving little to no planning, street robbers do engage in decision making processes (Monk, Heinonen, & Eck, 2010, p. 10).
The vast majority of those who commit street robberies are male. The primary motivation for street robbers is money. In the article, Stick-Up, Street Culture, and Offender Motivation, Jacobs and Wright (1999) interviewed several offenders about the robberies they committed, eighty of 81 offenders stated money was their motivation (p. 153). Some offenders held the belief that street robberies were the quickest way to get cash. Street robberies often result in immediate cash or sellable items for offenders. In contrast, items stolen from a burglary may take time to liquidate. The delay in immediate cash is due to the need to pawn or fence the items in return for the needed cash (Jacobs & Wright,