Crime Linkage: Theory, Research, and Practice by Jessica Woodhams, Craig Bennell

By Jessica Woodhams, Craig Bennell

The expanding portrayal of forensic investigative thoughts within the well known media—CSI, for instance, has ended in criminals turning into "forensically acutely aware" and extra cautious approximately abandoning actual facts at against the law scene. This provides legislation enforcement with an important challenge: how can they observe serial offenders in the event that they can't depend upon actual forensic facts? One answer comes from psychology. A turning out to be physique of study has accumulated within the quarter of behavioral consistency and the detection of serial offenders. a few recommendations are happening within the box that experience vital implications for the perform of crime linkage and its use by means of police and the courts. Crime Linkage: concept, learn, and Practice assembles this study and discusses its sensible use.

Topics include:

  • Theoretical motives for a way, while, and why we may well (or would possibly not) see similarities in a person’s crime scene behavior
  • Consistency and uniqueness in sexual offending
  • An review of crime linkage learn performed to date
  • The use of crime linkage within the uk, South Africa, and the United States
  • New instructions for examine and perform, together with linking throughout crime varieties to extend the suspect pool
  • The variety of statistical equipment utilized in study of crime linkage principles

The ebook represents a collaboration of researchers and practitioners from around the globe who're famous as specialists within the sector of behavioral consistency and detection of serial offenders. they supply a accomplished and informative textual content at the mental and criminological theories underpinning crime linkage, the way it is utilized in perform, the demanding situations practitioners face, and present thoughts that may form the way forward for crime linkage learn and practice.

This ebook is within the Advances in Police concept and Practice sequence.

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That being said, although theory and research from personality psychology provide a useful means for reflecting on existing crime linkage research and considering future avenues of investigation, there are fundamental differences between how research is conducted by personality psychologists and how research can be conducted by investigative psychologists given the serious constraints within which crime linkage researchers work. Yet, it may be these constraints that lead to the most interesting findings.

However, in the spirit of this book, we feel strongly that progress will only be made by continuing to critically reflect on the research being conducted through active collaborations with one another. , & Canter, D. V. (2002). Linking commercial burglaries by modus ­operandi: Tests using regression and ROC analysis. Science & Justice, 42, 153–164. Canter, D. (1995). Psychology of offender profiling. In R. Bull & D. ), Handbook of psychology in legal contexts (pp. 343–355). Chichester, England: Wiley.

8 Crime Linkage While each chapter author has made efforts to suggest where research or practice needs to move next, there are some obvious areas of innovation to which we wanted to dedicate chapters. The remaining three chapters ­represent the fourth core theme of the book: new directions for research and practice. In Chapter 12, Tonkin outlines a new strand of research investigating the feasibility of linking across crime types. , linking a rape to a robbery), thereby extending the potential suspect pool.

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