The genius loci of crime: revealing associations in time and space

Ratcliffe, Jeremy H. (1999) The genius loci of crime: revealing associations in time and space. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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In most police services the only spatial and temporal analysis of crime was conducted until recently by statisticians at the force headquarters, with little or no regard for any short term or localised patterns of crime. In recent years there has been a move towards a more decentralised, proactive style of British policing focused at the police divisional and community level. This has left an intelligence void where force level analysis techniques are neither appropriate nor subtle enough to elicit any meaningful information at a local level from the mass of crime data generated within the police service.

This thesis reveals patterns in community level crime which have not been recognised previously using traditional techniques in spatial and temporal investigation which tend to lack the necessary analytical ability. Current policing considerations are recognised and the thesis concentrates on three aspects of police crime concern: accurate temporal analysis, repeat victimisation, and the identification of hotspots.

A number of new techniques are presented which are designed with the needs of a crime analyst at a divisional police station in mind, an individual who has until now lacked the necessary analytical tools to perform the role effectively.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: McCullagh, M.J.
Keywords: Crime analysis, Nottinghamshire
Subjects: H Social sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Education > School of Geography
Item ID: 11444
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 13:53
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 16:49

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