Triangulation mobility of auto-theft offenders

Kelly Westerberg, Tim D. Grant, John W. Bond

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This research paper presents an examination of the journey to and from crime for autotheft offenders in the UK. For 852 offences, ‘wheel’ distances are calculated for triangles formed by offenders’ home location, theft location, and vehicle disposal location. The study demonstrates typical isosceles mobility triangles; distances travelled to and from home locations are roughly equal, whereas distances between theft and disposal points were shorter. Distances travelled by offenders under 17 years old and offences involving drug and drink were shown to be shorter than comparison groups. Prolifi c offenders tend to travel further, although there is signifi cant variation in this subgroup. Explanations and implications are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-120
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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  • car crime
  • vehicle crime
  • auto-theft
  • journey to crime
  • journey from crime
  • geographic profiling


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