SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Martin, D. (2002). Spatial patterns in residential burglary: Assessing the effect of neighborhood social capital. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 18(2), 132-146. doi:10.1177/1043986202018002002

Abstract: In this study, the author tests the significance of several concepts as predictors of neighborhood burglary rates using multivariate regression and spatial analysis techniques. The characteristics the author investigates have been identified by studies on the social ecology of crime and by more recent research evaluating community-oriented policing. He draws heavily from recent work by Sampson, Raudenbush, and Earls as well as others who have advanced the social disorganization theory of crime. This perspective views the presence of “community” as a key factor that helps maintain order in neighborhoods, even in the presence of structural criminogenic conditions such as concentrated poverty.


Journal Article 2: Kocsis, R. N., & Cooksey, R. W. (2002). Criminal psychological profiling of serial arson crimes. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 46(6), 631-656. doi:10.1177/0306624X02238159

Abstract: The practice of criminal psychological profiling is frequently cited as being applicable to serial arson crimes. Despite this claim, there does not appear to be any empirical research that examines serial arson offence behaviors in the context of profiling. This study seeks to develop an empirical model of serial arsonist behaviors that can be systematically associated with probable offender characteristics. Analysis has produced a model of offence behaviors that identify four discrete behavior patterns, all of which share a constellation of common nondiscriminatory behaviors. The inherent behavioral themes of each of these patterns are explored with discussion of their broader implications for our understanding of serial arson and directions for future research.