Applications of geographical offender Profiling

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Many law enforcement agencies throughout the world now analyse where an offender commits crimes in order to develop predictions of the sort of person the offender is, where s/he may be located and other aspects of value to investigations. Known as Geographical Offender Profiling (GOP), the application of this approach relies on a combination of principles and methodologies drawn from many different disciplines, including psychology, geography, criminology and forensic science. It is thus of academic interest to all those disciplines as well as practical significance to many different investigators. This book brings together a cross-section of the major papers published in the field that indicate the ways in which GOP has and can be utilized in many different criminal contexts—including some widely quoted but difficult to obtain 'classic' papers, together with an introduction that puts the papers into an overall framework and a concluding extensive bibliography of the publications relevant to this rapidly growing area.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754627203
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Psychology, Crime and Law Series
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

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Series Preface David Canter Canter, David

1 Geographical Offender Profiling: Applications and Opportunities David Canter Canter, David Donna Youngs Youngs, Donna 3

2 A Multivariate Analysis of Serial Murderers' Disposal Site Location Choice Samantha Lundrigan Lundrigan, Samantha David Canter Canter, David 25

3 Offender Characteristics and Spatial Mobility: An Empirical Study and Some Policy Implications Thomas Gabor Gabor, Thomas Ellen Gottheil Gottheil, Ellen 41

4 The Environmental Range of Serial Rapists David Canter Canter, David Paul Larkin Larkin, Paul 57

5 The Road to the Robbery: Travel Patterns in Commercial Robberies Peter J. Van Koppen Van Koppen, Peter J. Robert W. J. Jansen Jansen, Robert W. J. 69

6 Crime Scene and Distance Correlates of Serial Rape Janet Warren Warren, Janet Roland Reboussin Reboussin, Roland Robert R. Hazelwood Hazelwood, Robert R. Andrea Cummings Cummings, Andrea Natalie Gibbs Gibbs, Natalie Susan Trumbetta Trumbetta, Susan 91

7 An Examination of the Relationship between Distance Travelled and Motivational Aspects of Firesetting Behaviour Katarina Fritzon Fritzon, Katarina 115

8 The Journey to Rape: Geographic Distance and the Rapist's Method of Approaching the Victim James L. LeBeau LeBeau, James L. 141

9 Characteristics of Serial Arsonists and Crime Scene Geography in Japan Masayuki Tamura Tamura, Masayuki Mamoru Suzuki Suzuki, Mamoru 155

10 Predicting Serial Killers' Home Base Using a Decision Support System David Canter Canter, David Toby Coffey Coffey, Toby Malcolm Huntley Huntley, Malcolm Christopher Missen Missen, Christopher 165

11 Linking Commercial Burglaries by Modus Operandi: TestsUsing Regression and ROC Analysis Craig Bennell Bennell, Craig David Canter Canter, David 185

12 Predicting the Home Location of Serial Offenders: A Preliminary Comparison of the Accuracy of Human Judges with a Geographic Profiling System Brent Snook Snook, Brent David Canter Canter, David Craig Bennell Bennell, Craig 207

13 Commentary - Confusing Operational Predicaments and Cognitive Explorations: Comments on Rossmo and Snook et al David Canter Canter, David 219

14 A Comparison of the Efficacy of Different Decay Functions in Geographical Profiling for a Sample of US Serial Killers David Canter Canter, David Laura Hammond Hammond, Laura 225

Bibliography of Geographical Profiling 241

Index 253

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