Fine-tuning geographical profiling

J.J. van der Kemp, P.J. van Koppen

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Geographical profiling is an investigative technique that analyzes the spatial pattern of a related series of crime locations in order to predict the location of the offender’s residence. After explaining how today’s geographical profiling works, it is argued that such profiling may be improved if characteristics of the offense, the offender, and geographical circumstances are taken into account. Following that, we discuss the theoretical and practical limitations of geographical profiling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCriminal profiling
Subtitle of host publicationInternational perspectives in theory, practice, and research
EditorsR.N. Kocsis
Place of PublicationTotowa NJ
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60327-146-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-58829-684-9, 978-1-61737-717-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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