Geographical variations in the solvability, investigation and detection of crime

Dr Richard Coupe1, Chief Superintendent Simon Rose2, Chief Inspector Anthony  Jones3, Mr Paul Robb31Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2Metropolitan Police Force, , United Kingdom, 3British Transport Police, , United Kingdom

The objectives of the presentation are to examine spatial differences in crime incidence, solvability,  investigation and detection outcomes. Empirical population data on individual incidents are drawn from U.K. police service data on faith hate offences (Islamohobic: 4723 incidents; anti-Semitic = 3967), sexual offences on railways (5842 incidents), and railway metal thefts (4001 incidents). For faith hate crime, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic assaults and public order and criminal damage offences are contrasted in terms of their incidence and solvability across London’s boroughs. Sexual offences and metal theft on railway property in the U.K, are examined at regional level to appreciate the uneven distribution of offences and the contrasts in detection rates. The ways in which incident reporting, levels and location, and investigative activities affect solvability and detection outcomes are critically evaluated.


Biography:

Dr R T Coupe teaches and researches at Cambridge University Institute of Criminology. His principal research interests are policing and crime detection.

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