week 7 response 2

I need to respond to this is 300-400 words in A.P.A format with at least 2 references

Burglary/Robbery: What’s the difference and how do we deal with it?

Burglary: “is the unlawful entry of a structure to commit a crime.” Although the old cartoons of burglars dressed in all blank with their ski mask on is an unrealistic depiction of how most burglars conduct their business. What is accurate is the overall concept of what their objective is. To stealthy steal items (either covertly or overtly) from either a residence, or business without tipping anybody off to what they are doing. “Burglary differs from robbery in that burglars are covert, seeking to remain unseen, whereas robbers confront their victims directly. Burglary is a crime against property; robbery is a crime against a person.”

Robbery: “is the felonious taking of another’s property, either directly from the person or in that person’s presence, through force or intimidation.” Unlike the burglar who prefers not to make anybody aware of his activities. A robber is overt in his actions at least to the person/people he is robbing. Using force and threats, he makes those he is targeting forcefully give him/her the valuables under the threat of intimidation/force. “Against the Person’s Will by Use of Force or Threat of Force This essential element clearly separates robbery from burglary and larceny. As noted, most robberies are committed with a weapon or other dangerous device or by indicating that one is present.”

From an investigative standpoint, we would approach how we are tackling these investigations slightly differently. Obviously taking into account what items they stole along with the victim’s information is standard across the board. What isn’t standard is going to be the method of how these items were stolen.

Burglar: “The competent, professional burglar will wear gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints and palm prints. However, an offender’s inexperience and haste could result in such prints being scattered throughout the crime scene. Therefore, process the scene for prints, particularly at the entry point.” Discovering a burglar can be tricky. If they managed to get away with the items and there has been a significant amount of time between the theft and the response. The chances of finding the burglar out and about with the items would be rare. Therefore a heavy forensic approach in discovering where they came from, how they entered, where they went in the property, how they left, and where they went too are all steps needed to identify the suspect. “The best chances of apprehending a burglar in the act are when a silent alarm is tripped, a surveillance camera records the crime, a witness hears or sees suspicious activities and reports them immediately to the police, or alert patrol officers observe a burglary in progress.”

Robbery: “Three major problems occur in dealing with robberies: (1) they are usually not reported until the offenders have left the scene; (2) the rapidity of the crime makes it difficult to obtain good descriptions or positive identification from victims and witnesses; and (3) the items taken, usually currency, are difficult to identify.” Although a majority of these crimes are reported after the fact, usually they are reported soon after the suspects leave. Therefore when the police arrive on the scene, they should first secure and treat the wounded; and then immediately speak with victims/witnesses to push out a description of the suspect as soon as possible. Hopefully, the suspect will still be in the area by the time the description goes out so that way assisting units can begin searching for them. Also searching pawn shops, swap meets, bodegas, anywhere wholesale of goods can be easily be attained are good places to search for the suspects as they may have already sold the goods (if of course, it was not cash they stole) to help get rid of the hot items quickly.

(ESV, Isaiah 61:8) “For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong;[a] I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.”

Work Cited

Hess, Kären M.; Hess Orthmann, Christine; Cho, Henry Lim. Criminal Investigation Cengage Learning. Kindle Edition.