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Applications of Geographical Offender Profiling

1st Edition

By Donna Youngs

Edited by David Canter


280 pages

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Many law enforcement agencies are now analyzing where a crime is committed, to develop predictions on the offender, their location and other factors that could help with the investigation. Known as Geographical Offender Profiling (GOP), this approach relies on a combination of principles and methodologies drawn from many different disciplines, including psychology, geography, criminology and forensic science. This book brings together a cross-section of the major papers published in the field of GOP to explain the scope and application of GOP in different criminal contexts. For the first time some widely quoted but difficult to obtain 'classic' papers have been published together with an introduction that provides an up-to-the-minute context and an extensive bibliography of the most relevant publications in this burgeoning area of study.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part 1 Empirical Bases: Geographical offender profiling: applications and opportunities, David Canter and Donna Youngs; A multivariate analysis of serial murderers' disposal site location choice, Samantha Lundrigan and David Canter; Offender characteristics and spatial mobility: an empirical study and some policy implications, Thomas Gabor and Ellen Gottheil; The environmental range of serial rapists, David Canter and Paul Larkin; The road to robbery: travel patterns in commercial robberies, Peter J. van Koppen and Robert W.J. Jansen. Part 2 Stylistic Variations: Crime scene and distance correlates of serial rape, Janet Warren, Roland Reboussin, Robert R. Hazelwood, Andrea Cummings, Natalie Gibbs and Susan Trumbetta; An examination of the relationship between distance travelled and motivational aspects of arson, Katarina Fritzon; The journey to rape: geographic distance and the rapist's method of approaching the victim, James L. LeBeau; Characteristics of serial arsonists and crime scene geography in Japan, Masayuki Tamura and Mamoru Suzuki. Part 3 Investigative Directions: Predicting serial killers' home base using a decision support system, David Canter, Toby Coffey, Malcolm Huntley and Christopher Missen; Linking commercial burglaries by modus operandi: tests using regression and ROC analysis, Craig Bennell and David Canter; Predicting home location of serial offenders: a preliminary comparison of the accuracy of human judges with a geographical profiling system, Brent Snook, David Canter and Craig Bennell; Commentary - confusing operational predicaments and cognitive explorations: comments on Rossmo and Snook, et al., David Canter; A comparison of the efficacy of different decay functions in geographical profiling for a sample of US serial killers, David Canter and Laura Hammond: Bibliography of geographical profiling; Index.

About the Author/Editor

David Canter is Professor of Psychology, University of Huddersfield, UK. He is editor of the International Library of Psychology and the Offender Profiling series, and is one of the leading experts in the field of criminal profiling. Donna Youngs is Research Fellow at the International Centre for Investigative Psychology and Vice-President of the International Academy for Investigative Psychology.

About the Series

Psychology, Crime and Law

Psychology, Crime and Law
Over recent years many aspects of law enforcement and related legal and judicial processes have been influenced by psychological theories and research. In turn concerns that derive from the investigation, prosecution and defence of criminals are influencing the topics and methodologies of psychology and other social sciences. Everything, for example, from the detection of deception to the treatment of sex offenders, by way of offender profiling and prison management, has become part of the domain of a growing army of academic and other professional psychologists. There is therefore a need for wide-ranging publications that deal with all aspects of these interdisciplinary pursuits. Such publications must be cross-national and interdisciplinary if they are to reflect the many strands of this burgeoning field of teaching, research and professional practice. The Psychology, Crime and Law series has been established to meet this need for up-to-date accounts of the work within this area, presented in a way that will be accessible to the many different disciplines involved. The series will be of interest to anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the interplays between psychology, crime and the law.

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