All Offenders Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others: Variation In Journeys To Crime Between Offenders

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Title All Offenders Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others: Variation In Journeys To Crime Between Offenders
Author Townsley, Michael Kenneth; Sidebottom, Aiden
Journal Name Criminology
Editor Prof Denise Gottfredson
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Society of Criminology - Wiley
Abstract The results of this study reveal a major methodological problem with an established body of criminological literature—the journey to crime. The dominant finding of such research is that most crimes occur close to an offender's home. Consequently, journeys to crime typically display a distance-decay function that is assumed to exist between and within offenders. However, most journey-to-crime studies use nested data—individual offenders contributing multiple crime trips—yet employ analytic methods that fail to account for this property, leading to inference and aggregation concerns. In the study outlined in this article, we demonstrated the implications of using nested data for analyzing the journey to crime. We showed that once controlling for nesting, only a few (prolific) offenders display a distance decay pattern. Implications of the findings for theory and future research are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2010.00205.x
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by the American Society of Criminology. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the author for more information.
Volume 48
Issue Number 3
Page from 897
Page to 917
ISSN 1745-9125
Date Accessioned 2010-05-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/35081
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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