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.
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.