Crime Script Analysis

  • David Keatley
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


The focus of this chapter will be on outlining the background of Script Analysis research, and how it was developed to be used in crime research. Examples of Crime Script Analysis will be outlined to provide readers with knowledge of the method and overlaps with Behaviour Sequence Analysis (BSA). The chapter will provide readers with an understanding of how the two approaches are complementary, and how they differ. Finally, a worked example of Crime Script Analysis being used in lone-actor terrorism will be outlined. This approach will also be linked with geographical movements that lone-actor terrorists make, as the foundation for a ‘Behaviour Tracking’ approach to crime research.


Terrorism Lone-actor Geographical profiling Behaviour tracking 


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  • David Keatley
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  1. 1.School of LawMurdoch UniversityPerthAustralia

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