Vandalism of vending machines: Factors that attract professionals and amateurs

Andrew J. Buck, Simon Hakim, Charles Swanson, Arye Rattner

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A series of surveys were analyzed to determine how vending machine location and properties affected the likelihood of being vandalized. Two broad categories of vandals were identified, professionals and amateurs, by their vandalism methods. Both types were found to be rational in the sense of being drawn to areas where they could remain anonymous and could escape detection. Professionals were found to respond to the size of the monetary prize. Amateurs were drawn to public areas such as schools, parks, and grocery stores, where they appeared to be motivated by the possibility of an audience. As such, the behavior of amateurs is less amenable to economic analysis than to psychological or sociological study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-95
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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