Applied Crime Analysis,
Edition 1 A Social Science Approach to Understanding Crime, Criminals, and Victims
By Wayne Petherick

Publication Date: 18 Jun 2014
Most approaches to crime analysis focus on geographical crime mapping, which is helpful in identifying crime clusters and allocating police resources, but does not explain why a particular crime took place. Applied Crime Analysis presents a model that brings statistical anchoring, behavioral psychopathology, and victimology from the social sciences together with physical and crime scene evidence to provide a complete picture of crime. This hands-on guide takes theoretical principles and demonstrates how they can be put into practice using real case examples. In addition to covering key topics such as staged crime scenes, false reports, and criminal motivations, the book’s includes a final chapter on report writing, showing readers how to use their findings to successfully advance to prosecution and succeed in court.

Key Features

  • Presents a model that takes social science concepts, including statistical anchoring, behavioral psychopathology, and victimology and connects them with crime scene evidence to examine and analyze crime
  • Puts crime analysis theory into practice with real-world examples highlighting important concepts and best practice
  • Includes a report writing chapter to demonstrate how this approach can strengthen criminal cases and succeed in court
  • Instructor materials include a Test Bank, Powerpoint lecture slides, and Instructor's Guide for each chapter
About the author
By Wayne Petherick, Associate Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. An Introduction to Applied Crime Analysis
Key Terms
1.1. Types of crime analysis
1.2. Applications
2. Logic and Reasoning in Crime Analysis
Key Terms
2.1. Logic and reasoning
2.2. Cognitive tools
2.3. Cognitive errors
2.4. Inductive logic
2.5. Current research on abduction murder
2.6. Deductive logic
2.7. Structured professional judgment
2.8. When probability is the only possibility: analysis of competing hypotheses
3. Physical Evidence and the Crime Scene
Key Terms
3.1. What is science?
3.2. Forensic roles
3.3. What is a crime scene?
3.4. Crime scene types
3.5. What is physical evidence?
3.6. Should the crime analyst visit the crime scene?
3.7. Processing the crime scene
3.8. Reporting results
4. Forensic Victimology
Key Terms
4.1. Victimology defined
4.2. Victim precipitation
4.3. Risk factors for victimization
4.4. Types of victim risk
4.5. Victimology: a suggested approach
5. Detecting Staged Crime Scenes: An Empirically Derived “How-to¿
Key Terms
5.1. Staged crimes in the literature
5.2. Red flags for staged homicides
5.3. Determining the presence of staging
5.4. Ferguson checklist: an empirically derived “how-to¿
5.5. Staged burglary/homicides
5.6. Staged car accidents
6. Case Linkage
Key Terms
6.1. What is case linkage?
6.2. Theoretical underpinnings of linkage analyses
6.3. Nomothetic case linkage: the use of databases
6.4. Considerations in determining case linkage
7. False Reports
Key Terms
7.1. The problem of false reports
7.2. Incidence and prevalence of false reports
7.3. False reports
7.4. False allegations
7.5. False confessions
7.6. Motivations for false reporting
7.7. Managing false reporters
7.8. Considerations in determining reports
8. Motivations
Key Terms
8.1. Motivations
8.2. The Groth typologies
8.3. The Massachusetts Treatment Center typology
8.4. The Hazelwood adaptation of Groth and colleagues
8.5. Other typologies
8.6. Considerations in determining motive
9. Risk Assessment
Key Terms
9.1. What is risk assessment?
9.2. Types of risk assessment
9.3. The problems with risk assessment
9.4. Communicating risk
9.5. Risk assessment is not yet an exact science
9.6. When harm is likely or imminent
10. Threat Assessment and Management
Key Terms
10.1. First involvement
10.2. Sources of information
10.3. Information analysis
10.4. Intervention
10.5. Monitoring
11. Psychopathology and Criminal Behavior
Key Terms
11.1. What is psychopathology?
11.2. What is forensic psychopathology?
11.3. The nature versus nurture fallacy: the interaction between programing, predisposition, and experience
11.4. Genetics
11.5. Criminal psychopathology: mental states and characteristic pathology associated with the perpetration of crime
11.6. Typical psychopathologies, mental states, and psychopathological characteristics associated with perpetrators of crime
11.7. Compulsive homicide
11.8. Sadistic aggression
11.9. Addiction and criminal behavior
11.10. Disordered thinking
11.11. Delusional subtypes with forensic association
11.12. Delusion as a feature of other forensic psychopathology
11.13. Psychotic disorders
11.14. Personality disorders
Chapter Summary
12. Report Writing, Style, and Components
Key Terms
12.1. Basic components
12.2. Suggested report layout
12.3. Conclusions
Appendix A. Threat assessment and management process—organizational settings
Book details
ISBN: 9780323294607
Page Count: 304
Retail Price : £46.99
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Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice programs as well as practitioners and/or academic professionals in criminal justice field.

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