SAGE Journal Articles

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For each article, write a sentence outlining one of the arguments the author makes. There will be more than one argument in the article, but choose one that you think is most relevant to crime analysis in general and/or the corresponding chapter.  After the sentence, briefly describe the author’s argument and then cite the evidence the author puts forth to support the argument.  Note that an argument is not a statement of fact but is a line of reasoning asserted by the author that is supported by theory, research results, or both.

Tonkin, M., Woodhams, J., Bull, R., Bond, J.W., & Palmer, E.J. (2011). Linking different types of crime using geographical and temporal proximity. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 38, 11, 1069-1088.

Critical thinking questions:

  1. How do the findings of this article compare to the pattern identification and finalization processes described in the book?
  2. Without doing further research as the authors suggest, could crime analysts use the results of the study TODAY to help them more effectively identify crime patterns?  If so, how?


Article: Gore, R.Z. & Pattavina, A. (2004). Applications for examining the journey-to-crime using incident-based offender residence probability surfaces, Police Quarterly, 7, 4, 457-474.

Critical thinking questions:

  1. The authors outline five specific uses of this technique.  Which use(s) could be used on a daily basis in tactical crime analysis and how would they be used (e.g., what types of police responses employed)?
  2. What are the limitations with this technique and its five uses?