The Criminal Mind

The object ia primarily attention. So surveillance is not a deterrent and doubling down is to be expected.
Individuals who are reluctant to expose themselves to restraint are content to share in the escapades vicariously via schadenfreude: pleasure experienced not because an enemy has been chastized, but because an icon has provided an example criminal behavior and avoided meaningful restraint.

The Lawbreaker as hero is what we have in Donald Trump and his gang. They may not be able to shoot at all, but they cannot scam straight, either. But, getting caught at wrong doing is like announcing intent ahead of time, evidence that the object is to get attention. Doubling down is not a denial of guilt; it is evidence of successful attention seeking.

How to call a halt? Reclassify abusive behavior as meriting immediate restraint. That means elevating psychological injury over physical.