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Become a Problem Solving Crime Analyst

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ISBN13: 9780954560706
ISBN: 0954560701
Published: November 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £27.50

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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 work sets 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 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.

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Prepare yourself: 1 Read this first 2 Rethink your job 3 Be the local crime expert 4 Know the limits of conventional policing. Learn about problem-oriented policing: 5 Become a POP expert 6 Be true to POP 7 Be very crime specific 8 Be guided by SARA but not led astray. Study environmental criminology: 9 Use the crime triangle 10 Never forget opportunity makes the thief 11 Always 'think thief' 12 Expect offenders to react negatively 13 Don't be ground down by the displacement pessimists 14 Expect diffusion of benefits. Scan for crime problems: 15 Say Cheers! When defining a problem 16 Know what kind of problem you have 17 Study the journey to crime 18 Know how hot spots develop 19 Learn if the 80-20 rule applies. Analyse in depth: 20 Formulate hypotheses 21 Diagnose your hot spot 22 Know when to use high-definition maps 23 Pay attention to daily and weekly rhythms 24 Take account of long term change 25 Know how to use rates and the denominators 26 Identify risky facilities 27 Be ready for repeat victimisation 28 Consider repeat offending 29 Know which products are CRAVED by thieves 30 Look for crime facilitators 31 Check you have answered the five 'W' (and one 'H') questions. Find a practical response: 32 Accept your key role at response 33 Increase the effort of crime 34 Increase the risks of crime 35 Reduce the rewards of crime 36 Reduce provocations 37 Remove excuses for crime 38 Find the owner of the problem 39 Choose responses likely to be implemented. Assess the impact: 40 Conduct a process evaluation 41 Know how to use controls 42 Consider geographical and temporal displacement 43 Examine displacement to other targets, tactics and crime types 44 Watch for other offenders moving in 45 Be alert to unexpected benefits 46 Expect premature falls in crime 47 Test for significance 48 Calculate costs. Communicate effectively.
49 Tell a clear story 50 Make clear maps 51 Use simple tables 52 Use simple figures 53 Design powerful presentations 54 Become a good presenter 55 Contribute to the store of knowledge.