About prof. dr. Wim Bernasco

Wim Bernasco is senior researcher at the NSCR and professor ‘Spatial analysis of crime’ at the Department of Spatial Economics of VU University Amsterdam. He studies spatial aspects of crime, including offenders’ travel behaviour and target selection. His work also includes research on situational causes of crime.

Wim is a member of the Criminal Events Cluster, the Life-course Cluster and the Spatial-temporal Cluster.

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Aarten, P G M; van Gelder, J L; Lamet, W; Borgers, M J; van der Laan, P H

Exploring public support for suspended sentences in the Netherlands Journal Article

European Journal of Criminology, 12 , pp. 188-207, 2015.



Aarten, P G M; Denkers, A; Borgers, M J; Laan, Vander P H

Reconviction rates after suspended sentences.Comparison of the effects of different types of suspended sentences on reconviction in the Netherlands Journal Article

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 2013.


Aarten, P G M; Falke, F; der Laan, Van P H

Minderjarigen en moord en doodslag: moord en doodslag als rationele keuze? Journal Article

pp. 215-227, 2013.


Young people use alcohol and drugs while hanging out with peers

It sounds like stating the obvious to claim that adolescents use alcohol and drugs primary when they hang around with their peers unsupervised. The statement is true,...

Adolescent offenders’ current whereabouts predict locations of their future crimes

Where adolescents currently spend their time is highly predictive of where they will commit crimes in the near and distant future, according to a study published in the...

Football stadium permanent safety risk for the neighbourhood

Research by the University of Ghent and NSCR has revealed that the presence of a football stadium increases the level of criminality in the neighbourhood. The number of...

The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making: insight into criminal behavior

The Oxford Handbook or Offender Decision Making is expected to be the reference work on perpetrators and how they get to their criminal behavior. NSCR researchers Wim...

The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making

Is now available, edited by Wim Bernasco, Henk Elffers and Jean-Louis van Gelder. We are delighted to announce the release of The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision...

Crime location choice

An important question in criminology concerns crime location choice: how do offenders select a crime location? Why is a crime committed here instead of elsewhere?...

Datasets beschikbaar

NSCR data in EASY online analysis tool

The metadata of certain datasets of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement are available through the DANS EASY online analysis tool. This...