crime analysis

18Jun 2014

Opening paragraph of forthcoming article on Crime Analysis: With no better evidence than the pocket-sized computer most of have nearby all the time, we know that technology has evolved rapidly over the last few years.  The advancements that made the smartphone possible have also enabled us to analyze crime in ways never before possible.  In […]

17Jun 2014

While the daily assessment of terror threats applies primarily to security professionals who are charged with protecting critical infrastructure assets, such as chemical plants, oil refineries, and transportation ports, most security professionals focus on terrorism as a  high risk, low probability concern which needs to be addressed on an irregular basis.  Once terrorism contingency plans, […]

18Mar 2014

Created to improve the quantity and quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, the FBI UCR Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) captures more detailed information for each single crime occurrence than the traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS).  When used to its full potential at the agency level, the NIBRS identifies with precision when […]

31Jan 2014

Emile Durkheim, a French sociologist, suggested that crime was not indicative of a pathology or illness in society, but at certain levels was simply evidence of the normal functioning of communities.  Crime helped to define and solidify norms in society.  In The Criminology of Place, Weisburd and team suggest that there is a “normal level of crime” in […]

24Oct 2013

“The FBI estimated that in 2012,  the number of violent crimes increased 0.7 percent, according to the figures released today. However, property crimes decreased 0.9 percent, marking the 10th straight year of declines for these offenses, collectively.  The 2012 statistics show that the estimated rate of violent crime was 386.9 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, and […]

01Oct 2013

“Home invasion robbery has characteristics of both residential burglary and street robbery. Like residential burglars, home robbers must usually gain unlawful entry into an individual’s residential dwelling (a single-family home, apartment unit, or mobile home). Like street robbers, home robbers physically confront victims in order to obtain desired items. Yet, home invasion robbery is distinct […]

27Sep 2013

“The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. In The Criminology of Place, David Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have […]

15Aug 2013

“Your perception of any city or neighborhood is largely determined by things you can’t quantify, like the vague feeling that a place just seems friendly, or clean, or well-lit. So much of our experience of cities is subjective like this. But if officials could figure out how to measure otherwise emotional or intuitive perceptions of, […]

18Jul 2013

Typically, security is one of those budget line items that does not contribute directly to a company’s bottom line, and often some elements of a security program can be quite expensive.  Those responsible for the security function in their organizations must justify those costs.  It is, therefore, necessary to become comfortable with terms such as […]