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.

Article: Kaufman, K.L., Hilliker, D.R., Lathrop, P., Daleiden, E.L., & Rudy, L. (1996). Sexual offenders' modus operandi: A comparison of structured interview and questionnaire approaches. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 11, 1, 19-34.

Critical thinking questions:

  1. What type of information about MO was gained that would likely not be collected in police reports?
  2. How could the data collection methodologies be used for other types of crime examined in tactical crime analysis?
  3. Why is this type of research important for tactical crime analysis?