Crime analysis has become an increasingly important part of policing and crime prevention, and thousands of specialist crime analysts are now employed by police forces worldwide. This is the first book to set out the principles and practice of crime analysis, and is designed to be used both by crime analysts themselves, by those responsible for the training of crime analysts and teaching its principles, and those teaching this subject as part of broader policing and criminal justice courses. The particular focus of this book is on the adoption of a problem solving approach, showing how crime analysis can be used and developed to support a problem oriented policing approach – based on the idea that the police should concentrate on identifying patterns of crime and anticipating crimes rather than just reacting to crimes once they have been committed. In his foreword to this book, Nick Ross, presenter of BBC Crime Watch, argues passionately that crime analysts are 'the new face of policing', and have a crucial part to play in the increasingly sophisticated police response to crime and its approach to crime prevention – 'You are the brains, the expert, the specialist, the boffin.'

chapter 1|2 pages

Read this first

chapter 2|2 pages

Rethink your job

chapter 3|2 pages

Be the local crime expert

chapter 4|2 pages

Know the limits of conventional policing

chapter 5|2 pages

Become a POP expert

chapter 6|2 pages

Be true to POP

chapter 7|2 pages

Be very crime specific

chapter 8|2 pages

Be guided by SARA - but not led astray!

chapter 9|2 pages

Use the crime triangle

chapter 10|2 pages

Never forget opportunity makes the thief

chapter 11|2 pages

Always 'think thief'

chapter 12|2 pages

Expect offenders to react negatively

chapter 14|2 pages

Expect diffusion of benefits

chapter 15|2 pages

Say Cheers! when defining a problem

chapter 16|2 pages

Know what kind of problem you have

chapter 17|2 pages

Study the journey to crime

chapter 18|2 pages

Know how hot spots develop

chapter 19|2 pages

Learn if the 80-20 rule applies

chapter 20|2 pages

Formulate hypotheses

chapter 21|2 pages

Diagnose your hot spot

chapter 22|2 pages

Know when to use high-definition maps

chapter 23|2 pages

Pay attention to daily and weekly rhythms

chapter 24|2 pages

Take account of long-term change

chapter 25|2 pages

Know how to use rates and denominators

chapter 26|2 pages

Identify risky facilities

chapter 27|2 pages

Be ready for repeat victimisation

chapter 28|2 pages

Consider repeat offending

chapter 29|2 pages

Know which products are CRAVED by thieves

chapter 30|2 pages

Look for crime facilitators

chapter 32|2 pages

Accept your key role at response

chapter 33|2 pages

Increase the effort of crime

chapter 34|2 pages

Increase the risks of crime

chapter 35|2 pages

Reduce the rewards of crime

chapter 36|2 pages

Reduce provocations

chapter 37|2 pages

Remove excuses for crime

chapter 38|2 pages

Find the owner of the problem

chapter 39|2 pages

Choose responses likely to be implemented

chapter 40|2 pages

Conduct a process evaluation

chapter 41|2 pages

Know how to use controls

chapter 44|2 pages

Watch for other offenders moving in

chapter 45|2 pages

Be alert to unexpected benefits

chapter 46|2 pages

Expect premature falls in crime

chapter 47|2 pages

Test for significance

chapter 48|2 pages

Calculate costs

chapter 49|2 pages

Tell a clear story

chapter 50|2 pages

Make clear maps

chapter 51|2 pages

Use simple tables

chapter 52|2 pages

Use simple figures

chapter 53|2 pages

Design powerful presentations

chapter 54|2 pages

Become a good presenter

chapter 55|9 pages

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