Both street robbery and commercial robbery fit the general definition of robbery as involving theft or attempted theft by force or the threat of violence. It should be noted, however, that there are significant differences between the two. They involve for the most part a different set of perpetrators, exercising different forms of force, directed at a different set of victims and targets. In jurisdictions in which both forms of robbery are conflated, it may be the case that street robbery is increasing while commercial robbery is decreasing, and the net result in the official figures is that the incidence of robbery remains level. Another significant feature of robbery is that it is an offense that combines both property crime with that of interpersonal violence. ...

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