Behaviour tracking: using geospatial and behaviour sequence analysis to map crime

David A. Keatley, Michael Arntfeld, Joe Clare, Paul Gill, Giles Oatley, Noemie Bouhana, David Clarke

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Crime is a complex phenomenon. To understand the commission of crime, researchers must map both the temporal and the spatial processes involved. The current research combines a temporal method of analysis, Behaviour Sequence Analysis, with geospatial mapping, to outline a new method of integrating temporal and spatial movements of criminals. To show how the new method can be applied, a burglary scenario was used, and the movements and behaviours of a criminal tracked around the property. Results showed that combining temporal and spatial analyses allows for a clearer account of the process of a crime scene. The current method has application to a large range of other crimes and terrorist movements, for instance between cities and movements within each city. Therefore, the current research provides the foundation framework for a novel method of spatio-temporal analyses of crime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-201
Number of pages18
JournalSecurity Journal
Issue number1
Early online date4 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


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