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Principles of Geographical Offender Profiling

1st Edition

By David Canter, Donna Youngs


274 pages

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Geographical Offender Profiling (GOP) is the term that has emerged for the examination of where offences take place and the use of that examination to formulate views on the nature of the offender and where s/he might be based. As such, it has become the cornerstone of 'offender profiling'. By its nature, GOP bridges psychology, geography, criminology and forensic science and is of academic interest to all those disciplines as well as practical significance to police investigators. This book brings together a cross-section of the major papers published in the field that lay out the concepts and foundations of this area - including some widely quoted but difficult to obtain 'classic' papers - with an introduction that puts the papers into an overall context and a concluding extensive bibliography of the publications relevant to this rapidly growing area.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Geographical offender profiling: origins and principles, David Canter and Donna Youngs. Part 1 Spatial Patterns in Behaviour: Navigational ideas and the Yorkshire Ripper investigation, Stuart S. Kind; Excerpt from:On the Mode of Communication of Cholera, John Snow; Home-range and movements of leopards (Panthera pardus) on a livestock ranch in Kenya, F Mitzutani and P.A. Jewell; Notes on the geometry of crime, Patricia L. Brantingham and Paul J. Brantingham. Part 2 Offenders' Geography: Delinquency and distance, Stanley Turner; Crime and mobility: an empirical study, William M. Rhodes and Catherine Conly; Place, space and police investigations: hunting serial violent criminals, D. Kim Rossmo; The 'road to nowhere': the evidence for travelling criminals, Paul Wiles and Andrew Costello; Distance decay re-examined, George F. Rengert, Alex R. Piquero and Peter R. Jones. Part 3 Key Concepts in Geographical Offender Profiling: Geographical profiling of criminals, David Canter; Identifying the residential location of rapists, David Canter and A. Gregory; Spatial patterns of serial murder: an analysis of disposal site location choice, Samantha Lundrigan and David Canter; Criminals' mental maps, David Canter and Samantha Hodge; Putting crime in its place: psychological process in crime site selection, David Canter and Karen Shalev; Bibliography of geographical profiling; Index.

About the Authors

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology