Routledge Handbook of Crime Science

Routledge Handbook of Crime Science


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Crime science is precisely what it says it is: the application of science to the phenomenon of crime. This handbook, intended as a crime science manifesto, showcases the scope of the crime science field and provides the reader with an understanding of the assumptions, aspirations and methods of crime science, as well as the variety of topics that fall within its purview. Crime science provides a distinctive approach to understanding and dealing with crime: one that is outcome-oriented, evidence-based and that crosses boundaries between disciplines. The central mission of crime science is to find new ways to cut crime and increase security.

Beginning by setting out the case for crime science, the editors examine the roots of crime science in environmental criminology and describe its key features. The book is then divided into two sections. The first section comprises chapters by disciplinary specialists about the contributions their sciences can make or have already made to crime science.

Chapter 12 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415826266
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/13/2018
Series: Routledge International Handbooks Series
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard Wortley is Director of the Jill Dando Institute and Head of the Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

Aiden Sidebottom is Associate Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

Nick Tilley is Principal Research Associate and Professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

Gloria Laycock is Jill Dando Professor of Crime Science at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science at University College London.

Table of Contents

1 What is crime science? Richard Wortley, Aiden Sidebottom, Nick Tilley and Gloria Laycock

SECTION 1 Disciplinary contributions to crime science

2 Evolutionary psychology Aaron Sell

3 Genetics Jamie M. Gajos, Cashen M. Boccio and Kevin M. Beaver

4 Sociology Nick Tilley

5 Psychology Richard Wortley

6 Economics Matthew Manning

7 Epidemiology Paul Fine and Phil Edwards

8 Mathematics Toby Davies

9 Geography Martin A. Andresen and Kathryn Wuschke

10 Architecture Hervé Borrion and Daniel Koch

11 Engineering Hervé Borrion

12 Computer science Pieter Hartel and Marianne Junger

13 Forensic science Ruth M. Morgan

SECTION 2 Crime science in action

14 Social network analysis Gisela Bichler and Aili Malm

15 Analysis and prevention of organised crime Anita Lavorgna

16 Terrorists are just another type of criminal Zoe Marchment and Paul Gill

17 Evolution, crime science and terrorism: the case of Provisional IRA weaponry Paul Ekblom and Paul Gill

18 Fighting cybercrime once it switches from the online world to the real world Gianluca Stringhini

19 The limits of anonymity in Bitcoin Sarah Meiklejohn

20 Crime in the age of the Internet of Things Nilufer Tuptuk and Stephen Hailes

21 Transdisciplinary research in virtual space: can online warning messages reduce engagement with child exploitation material? Jeremy Prichard, Tony Krone, Caroline Spiranovic and Paul Watters

22 Those who do big bad things still do little bad things: re-stating the case for self-selection policing Jason Roach

23 Agent-based decision-support systems for crime scientists Daniel Birks and Michael Townsley

24 Economic efficiency and the detection of crime: a case study of Hong Kong policing Matthew Manning and Gabriel T. W. Wong

25 No need for X-ray specs: through-the-wall radar for operational policing Kevin Chetty

26 Electronic noses: the chemistry of smell and security William J. Peveler and Ivan P. Parkin

27 Understanding forensic trace evidence Ruth M. Morgan, James C. French and Georgina E. Meakin

28 Interpretation of forensic science evidence at every step of the forensic science process: decision-making under uncertainty Ruth M. Morgan, Helen Earwaker, Sherry Nakhaeizadeh, Adam J. L. Harris, Carolyn Rando, and Itiel E. Dror

29 Better preparation for the future – don’t leave it to chance Dick Lacey

30 Future crime Shane D. Johnson, Paul Ekblom, Gloria Laycock, Michael J. Frith, Nissy Sombatruang and Erwin Rosas Valdez

31 Future directions for crime science Richard Wortley, Aiden Sidebottom, Nick Tilley and Gloria Laycock

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