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Theft of oil from pipelines: an examination of its crime commission in Mexico using crime script analysis

Alonso Berbotto, A; Chainey, S; (2021) Theft of oil from pipelines: an examination of its crime commission in Mexico using crime script analysis. Global Crime 10.1080/17440572.2021.1925552. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The theft of refined oil products provides criminal groups with significant financial resources that threaten the environment and socio-economic stability of countries where it occurs. Violence is also associated with this criminal activity. Using crime script analysis, a detailed interpretation of the theft of oil via the illegal tapping of pipelines in Mexico was constructed. The analysis revealed the roles performed by members of criminal groups, the recruitment of individuals outside of the criminal group to provide information about the pipelines and perform technical activities, and the supporting role of citizens and businesses from local communities. The analysis also revealed the decision-making necessary for the successful commission of oil theft via the illegal tapping of pipelines. The use of situational crime prevention measures and improvements in the use of deterrence are identified as offering opportunities for preventing this criminal activity.

Type: Article
Title: Theft of oil from pipelines: an examination of its crime commission in Mexico using crime script analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17440572.2021.1925552
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17440572.2021.1925552
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Oil theft, huachicoleo, illegal pipeline taps, crime script analysis, situational crime prevention, deterrence
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130357
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