The when and where of an emerging crime type: the example of metal theft from the railway network of Great Britain

ASHBY, M.P.J., BOWERS, K.J., BORRION, H. and FUJIYAMA, T., 2014. The when and where of an emerging crime type: the example of metal theft from the railway network of Great Britain. Security Journal. ISSN 0955-1662

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Abstract

Metal theft has become an increasingly common crime in recent years, but lack of data has limited research into it. The present study used police-recorded crime data to study the spatial and temporal concentration of metal theft from the railway network of Great Britain. Metal theft was found to exhibit only weak seasonality, to be concentrated at night and to cluster in a few locations close to – but not in – major cities. Repeat-victimisation risk continued for longer than has been found for other crime types. These and other features appear to point to metal theft being a planned, rather than opportunistic, offence and to the role of scrap-metal dealers as facilitators.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Security Journal
Creators: Ashby, M.P.J., Bowers, K.J., Borrion, H. and Fujiyama, T.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place of Publication: Houndmills, Basingstoke
Date: 2014
ISSN: 0955-1662
Identifiers:
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10.1057/sj.2014.43DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2015 Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:52
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19487

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