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Spatial Characteristics of Serial Sexual Assault in New Zealand

Spatial Characteristics of Serial Sexual Assault in New Zealand AbstractThis study examines the crime patterns of New Zealand serial sexual assaulters inorder to determine the extent to which such offenders display spatial behaviourin line with their overseas counterparts. Hypotheses concerning journey tocrime, criminal range and spatial pattern were tested. Geographical informationon 76 serial offenders was extracted from police files and mapped. A series ofspatial analyses were conducted in order to examine the spatial mobility of theoffenders. It was found that, in line with much overseas research, offenderstypically did not travel very far to offend (a median of 3 km) and operated overidentifiable criminal ranges. However, in contrast to much overseas researchinto serial spatial patterns, New Zealand offenders were characterised bytransience and commuting patterns of behaviour rather than a predominantmarauder style. The implications of these findings for geographic profiling arediscussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Spatial Characteristics of Serial Sexual Assault in New Zealand

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SAGE
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Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1375/acri.39.2.218
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Abstract

AbstractThis study examines the crime patterns of New Zealand serial sexual assaulters inorder to determine the extent to which such offenders display spatial behaviourin line with their overseas counterparts. Hypotheses concerning journey tocrime, criminal range and spatial pattern were tested. Geographical informationon 76 serial offenders was extracted from police files and mapped. A series ofspatial analyses were conducted in order to examine the spatial mobility of theoffenders. It was found that, in line with much overseas research, offenderstypically did not travel very far to offend (a median of 3 km) and operated overidentifiable criminal ranges. However, in contrast to much overseas researchinto serial spatial patterns, New Zealand offenders were characterised bytransience and commuting patterns of behaviour rather than a predominantmarauder style. The implications of these findings for geographic profiling arediscussed.

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2006

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