Getting Away with the Stolen Vehicle: An Investigation of Journey-after-Crime

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Analyses of criminals' travel patterns can provide significant suggestions to improve crime management. This study extends the investigation of criminals' travel behavior from journey-to-crime to journey-after-crime. Moreover, new methods are developed to examine the spatial patterns of location pairs when restricted by the underlying geographical process. The methods are employed to investigate criminals' journey-after-auto-theft in the city of Buffalo, New York. The analyses reveal that auto thieves' trips from vehicle-theft locations to the corresponding vehicle-recovery locations are local in nature. The travel distances are significantly shorter than the randomly simulated trips; the travel directions are biased from the random directions as well.

Keywords: GIS; auto theft; journey-after-crime; location pairs; spatial analysis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Southwest Texas State University

Publication date: November 1, 2003

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