Variations in the Journey from Crime: Examples from Tiger Kidnapping

John Synnott, David Canter, Donna Youngs, Maria Ioannou

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The current paper explores the journey offenders make after their offence through a series of tiger kidnap offences from the north and south of Ireland. Tiger kidnap is the abduction of a person of importance to a victim (generally a bank manager) in which that person is used as collateral until the victim complies with the requests of the offenders. Data were provided by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Siochana. Three stages of the offences were highlighted: (1) the journey from the abduction location to the hostage location; (2) the abduction location to the robbery location; and (3) the robbery location to the money exchange location. Analysis found significant difference between offences in the north and south for stages 1 and 2 but not for stage 3. This is due to the type of offenders committing the offence, for example, offences in the north being committed by ex-paramilitary offenders. Further study should focus on understanding complex tiger kidnap offences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


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