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

  • D. A. KeatleyEmail author
  • M. Arntfield
  • P. Gill
  • J. Clare
  • G. Oatley
  • N. Bouhana
  • D. D. Clarke
Original Article

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Crime Burglary Sequence analysis Geospatial anlaysis Methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Keatley
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Arntfield
    • 2
  • P. Gill
    • 3
  • J. Clare
    • 4
  • G. Oatley
    • 5
  • N. Bouhana
    • 3
  • D. D. Clarke
    • 6
  1. 1.School of LawMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Arts & HumanitiesWestern UniversityLondonCanada
  3. 3.Jill Dando InstituteUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.School of LawUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  5. 5.School of Science, Engineering, and Information TechnologyFederation University AustraliaMelbourneAustralia
  6. 6.School of PsychologyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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