What Creates a Suitable Target?
The purpose of this chapter is to explain the suitable target element of routine activity theory for Somali piracy. Access to suitable targets in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa, helps explain the persistence of piracy. This chapter answers the question: are there risk factors that lead to the victimization of vessels? In doing so, it explores risk factors that enable pirates to hijack vessels for ransom. This chapter discusses the four factors that make targets of piracy suitable.