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Behaviour tracking: using geospatial and behaviour sequence analysis to map crime

Keatley, D.A., Arntfield, M., Gill, P., Clare, J., Oatley, G., Bouhana, N. and Clarke, D.D. (2019) Behaviour tracking: using geospatial and behaviour sequence analysis to map crime. Security Journal . In Press.

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Crime is a complex phenomenon. To understand the commission of crime, researchers must map both the temporal and the spatial processes involved. The current research combines a temporal method of analysis, Behaviour Sequence Analysis, with geospatial mapping, to outline a new method of integrating temporal and spatial movements of criminals. To show how the new method can be applied, a burglary scenario was used, and the movements and behaviours of a criminal tracked around the property. Results showed that combining temporal and spatial analyses allows for a clearer account of the process of a crime scene. The current method has application to a large range of other crimes and terrorist movements, for instance between cities and movements within each city. Therefore, the current research provides the foundation framework for a novel method of spatio-temporal analyses of crime.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright: © 2019 Springer Nature Limited
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