n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Victim complicity in vehicle hijacking : a typological perspective

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



As a result of various factors contributing to vehicle hijacking no single theory has been developed to explain why a specific person would be targeted as an appropriate victim to be hijacked. Although an integrated approach, which includes various typologies and theories, could be used to direct research on vehicle hijacking, it is preferable from a scientific perspective to develop a typology that focuses exclusively on motor vehicle hijacking and more specifically, victim complicity (Davis 1999:40). Besides the advantage of providing researchers with a classifications system, such a typology could also serve as the basis for eventually formulating a theory (Mouton & Marais 1985:138). The logical first step is therefore to develop a typology that could be used by researchers when studying victim complicity during motor vehicle hijacking. To achieve this aim the typologies of Mendelsohn, Fattah, Schafer and Karmen will be used as a basis.

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