Special Issue "Geographic Crime Analysis"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Spencer Chainey
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Chief Guest Editor
University College London Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ, England
Interests: crime analysis; problem-oriented policing; hot spot policing; intelligence-led policing
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Dr. Matt Ashby
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Co-Guest Editor
University College London Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ, England
Interests: crime analysis; crime concentration; crime prevention; crime on public transport
Dr. Patricio Estevez-Soto
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Co-Guest Editor
University College London Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ, England
Interests: hot spots policing; crime in Latin America and the Caribbean; Problem Oriented Policing; situational prevention of organised crime
Ms. Sophie Curtis-Ham
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Assistant Guest Editor
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences & NZ Institute of Security and Crime Science, University of Waikato, Knighton Road, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand
Interests: geographic crime analysis; geographic offender profiling; behavioural offender profiling; environmental criminology; investigative psychology; evidence based policing; crime harm
Mr. José Luis Hernandez
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Assistant Guest Editor
University College London Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ, England
Interests: Hot spots policing; Spatio-temporal analysis; crime scripts of criminal groups; Networks of criminal groups; Geographic Intelligence; Situational Prevention

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Crime has an inherent geographic quality. For a crime to occur, it has to happen at some place, at some time. Analyzing the geography of crime is vital for developing our understanding of crime.

This Special Issue will provide contemporary research on geographic crime analysis. We are seeking contributions that advance existing techniques or introduces new techniques for better understanding the geography of crime. Papers should be original research manuscripts that meet with the journal's research articles requirements. Topics the Special Issue on Geographic Crime Analysis we anticipate will include are:

  • Crime concentration and hot spot analysis
  • Spatial-temporal analysis
  • Repeat and near-repeat victimization
  • Risky facilities
  • Persistent, emerging and dispersed spatial patterns of crime
  • Geographic offender profiling (for criminal investigations)
  • Spatial regression analysis
  • Mapping and analyzing risk (including forecasting and prediction)
  • Crime harm mapping
  • Impact evaluation techniques
  • Simulation of crime patterns (and testing “what if“ scenarios)

Papers submitted for consideration must identify which of these topics the paper addresses by listing one (or more) of these topics in the key words associated with the manuscript

 

Guest Editors

Dr. Spencer Chainey

Dr. Matt Ashby

Dr. Patricio Estevez-Soto

Sophie Curtis-Ham

José Luis Hernandez


 

Keywords

  • geographic crime analysis
  • spatial and Spatio-temporal analysis techniques
  • geographic offender profiling
  • spatial and Spatio-temporal patterns of crime

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A National Examination of the Spatial Extent and Similarity of Offenders’ Activity Spaces Using Police Data
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(2), 47; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10020047 - 23 Jan 2021
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It is well established that offenders’ routine activity locations (nodes) shape their crime locations, but research examining the geography of offenders’ routine activity spaces has to date largely been limited to a few core nodes such as homes and prior offense locations, and [...] Read more.
It is well established that offenders’ routine activity locations (nodes) shape their crime locations, but research examining the geography of offenders’ routine activity spaces has to date largely been limited to a few core nodes such as homes and prior offense locations, and to small study areas. This paper explores the utility of police data to provide novel insights into the spatial extent of, and overlap between, individual offenders’ activity spaces. It includes a wider set of activity nodes (including relatives’ homes, schools, and non-crime incidents) and broadens the geographical scale to a national level, by comparison to previous studies. Using a police dataset including n = 60,229 burglary, robbery, and extra-familial sex offenders in New Zealand, a wide range of activity nodes were present for most burglary and robbery offenders, but fewer for sex offenders, reflecting sparser histories of police contact. In a novel test of the criminal profiling assumptions of homology and differentiation in a spatial context, we find that those who offend in nearby locations tend to share more activity space than those who offend further apart. However, in finding many offenders’ activity spaces span wide geographic distances, we highlight challenges for crime location choice research and geographic profiling practice. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geographic Crime Analysis)
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