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Toward a Quantitative Typology of Burglars: A Latent Profile Analysis of Career Offenders

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Abstract: 

Burglary is a serious, costly, and prevalent crime but prior typologies of burglars are mostly speculative and based on qualitative data. Using a sample of 456 adult career criminals, the current study used latent profile analysis to construct a methodologically rigorous quantitative typology. Four classes of burglars emerged: young versatile, vagrant, drug-oriented, and sexual predators. All groups demonstrated significant involvement in varied forms of crime, but the sexual predator group was the most violent and had the most serious criminal careers. Connections to the criminal career literature are offered and suggestions for further empirical study of offender typologies are discussed.
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Keywords: burglary; criminal career; criminal profiling; forensic science; latent profile analysis; offender typology

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, 2117 Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. 2: Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, 203A East Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1070. 3: College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 634 West Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1127. 4: Frank A. Daniels, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina, 325 Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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