The majority of individuals who are arrested for property crimes are men between 18 and 21 years of age. They usually live and know the area of interest of the crime and are familiar with the neighborhood involved in the robbery or theft. They often enter the property on foot, unless they need a vehicle to transport stolen merchandise. The property criminal may have lived in the multiresidential community or they usually have a friend who is a current resident.
Most property criminals are moderately or poorly motivated. If they perceive a multiresidential community to be well protected, they can be discouraged or move on to what they think is an easier target.
There are four points to keep in mind regarding the motivation of property criminals. The motivation that the criminal has to commit a robbery is at its lowest level during the first visit to the property. The motivation of the criminal to commit the crime increases with the familiarity of the property. Success in committing one or several criminal acts in a multi-residential property will increase the level of motivation to commit more crimes. It is much harder to deter a criminal who has successfully committed crimes on a multiresidential property.