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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? Scientific research has provided some insight into this.

An initial and recurring finding is that of ‘distance decay’. The further away the location is from the offender’s home, the smaller the chance that he will commit the crime there. Offenders often commit crimes close to home, in their own living environment.

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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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2015

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.

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2013

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.

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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.

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