Crime on Offshore Installations

Peter Duff*

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Abstract: Little crime takes place on offshore oil and gas installations in the North Sea. ‘Pilfering’ from the companies is the most frequent crime; assaults are almost non‐existent. The reasons for this law abiding behaviour are examined. The attitude of the workers, the lack of alcohol, the lack of opportunities to commit crime, the likelihood of being caught and the severe sanctions imposed by the oil companies combine to discourage crime. It is concluded that a ‘control’ theory framework provides the best explanatory model. It is not overly positivistic and is consistent with both the fact that little crime occurs and the nature of that crime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-129
Number of pages12
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1985


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