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Module Three Readings:


V.        Crime Analysis


            1.         Schneider, R. (2001). Planning for crime prevention: a transatlantic

                                perspective. Routledge Press, Florence, KY


                                    Note:  Read Chapter Four: Basic theories and principles of

                                               place- based crime prevention planning, page 104

                                               through 117 only.


            2.         Wang, F. (2005). Geographic information systems and crime

                                analysis. Idea Group Publishing. Hershey, PA


                                    Read: Chapter Six: Geographic Profiling for Serial Crime



                                    Read: Chapter Nine: Geographic Surveillance of Crime    

                                    Frequencies in Small Areas


                                    Read: Chapter Ten: Application of Tracking Signals to    

                                    Detect Time Series Pattern Changes in Crime Mapping



                                    Read: Chapter Twelve: Simulating Crime Events and Crime

                                    Patterns in a RA/ CA Model


                                    Read: Chapter Thirteen: Integrating GIS and Maximal    

                                    Covering Models to Determine Optimal Police Patrol Areas


                                    Read: Chapter Fifteen: Identifying Hot Link Between

                                    Crime and Crime-Related Locations


                                    Read: Chapter Seventeen: Routine Activities of Youth and

                                    Neighborhood Violence: Spatial Modeling of Place, Time,    

                                    and Crime


                                    Read: Chapter Eighteen: Measuring Crime in and around    

                                    Public Housing Using GIS


            3.         Reid, L. (2004) Crime in the city: a political and economic analysis

                                of  urban crime. LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, New York, NY


                                    Read Chapter Three: Analyzing crime across time and space


Module Three Specific Assignment:


Crime analysis is supported by a number social science and economic theories, and statistical methods.  Identify and discuss the theories and statistical methods.  Identify and briefly discuss the strengths and weakness of crime analysis.  Discuss how it is used or could be used by your agency.


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Module Three Final Project Assignment:


Use this module to collect and organize the data or information you are going to use for your analysis and final project paper.  Submit a one page report on the status of your data or information.  Are you experiencing any problems?  Has data or information collection changed your initial problem statement?


Submit your Module Three Final Project Assignment

Data Mining and Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering and Crime Analysis
Colleen McCue Ph.D. Experimental Psychology  More Info

According to one reviewer of Data Mining and Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering and Crime Analysis, “"Dr. Colleen McCue pairs an educational background in neuroscience and psychology with extensive experience in the fields of behavioral science, crime analysis and intelligence gathering to create Data Mining and Predictive Analysis , a must-read for all law enforcement professionals. Within the ever-growing fields of criminal justice and crime analysis, Dr. McCue combines all facets of the public safety community, effortlessly examining techniques in which law enforcement, analysts, and researchers are able to delve deeper through her accessible explanations of relative degrees of data quality, validity and reliability; all essential tools in this modern, technological era." - Arthur E. Westveer (Associate Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University) "[Data Mining and Predictive Analysis] is a must-read..., blending analytical horsepower with real-life operational examples. Operators owe it to themselves to dig in and make tactical decisions more efficiently, and learn the language that sells good tactics to leadership. Analysts, intell support, and leaders owe it to themselves to learn a new way to attack the problem in support of law enforcement, security, and intelligence operations. Not just a dilettante academic, Dr. McCue is passionate about getting the best tactical solution in the most efficient wayand she uses data mining to do it. Understandable yet detailed, [Data Mining and Predictive Analysis] puts forth a solid argument for integrating predictive analytics into action. Not just for analysts!" - Tim King (Director, Special Programs and Global Business Development, Armor Group International Training) "Dr. McCue's clear and brilliant guide to attacking society's greatest threats reveals how to best combine the powers of statistical computation and the experience of domain experts. Her emphasis on understanding the essential data through fieldwork and close partnership with the end users of the information is vital to making the discovered patterns "actionable". Anyone seeking to harness the power of data mining to "connect the dots" or "find needles in a haystack" will benefit from this lively and reliable book packed with practical techniques proven effective on tough real-world problems.”

Introduction to Crime Analysis: Basic Resources for Criminal Justice Practice
Deborah Osborne  More Info

According to the book description of Introduction to Crime Analysis: Basic Resources for Criminal Justice Practice, “Successfully analyze crime at any level of law enforcement! This book is a practical resource guide for the development of crime analysis in local law enforcement. The tragedy of September 11, 2001, has raised awareness on how crucial it is to analyze information and intelligence. Smaller agencies that cannot financially justify hiring a full-time analyst will find strategies and techniques to teach officers the methods of analysis. Introduction to Crime Analysis: Basic Resources for Criminal Justice Practice provides basic tools and step-by-step directions that will improve the skills and knowledge of new crime analysts.

From the editors: "Military strategists have used analysis for centuries; it makes sense to know as much as possible about the enemy and about the conditions and causes of a situation if we hope to institute any kind of significant change for the better. Career criminals are the enemies of a community's well being. Now that advances in information technology give us the means and methods to fully examine and find meaningful knowledge in the vast amounts of existing information on crimes and criminals, we have an obligation to use our technological strength to protect innocent people. Systematic crime analysis as a law enforcement and public safety asset has become not only possible, but also truly necessary as a weapon in the war against crime."

Along with defining the various roles of the crime analyst, Introduction to Crime Analysis demonstrates how to: improve the personal skills necessary to make you a good crime analyst; successfully work through the five stages - collection, collation, analysis, dissemination, and feedback and evaluation - of analysis; select the appropriate crime mapping software for your agency; evaluate the usefulness of your crime analysis products; benefit from email discussion groups and professional associations; and, create a crime analysis unit-including policies and procedures as well as marketing and funding.

This clearly written resource includes case studies, figures, and appendixes that will simplify the learning process. Links to Internet pages also offer resources and information beneficial to both new and experienced crime analysts. Introduction to Crime Analysis will benefit crime analysts, police officers, intelligence analysts, community groups focused on crime prevention, criminal justice students, and police departments and sheriff’s agencies.”

Applied Crime Analysis
Karim Vellani CPP CSC earned his M.S. from Sam Houston State University in Criminal Justice Management. He is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysis International Association of Professional Security Consultants and ASIS International.  More Info

According to the book description of Applied Crime Analysis, “Applied Crime Analysis will cover all aspects of crime analysis for private sector businesses. By explaining the significance of crime statistics with crime prevention theory and techniques, Applied Crime Analysis will provide readers with a road map to implementing security resources and for justifying associated expenditures. - Wordtrade.com This book will benefit novice, intermediate, and advanced security practitioners alike. When assigned to formulate a viable and concise crime analysis report, a security professional would be wise to turn to this book. - Security Management.”

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