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The effects of substance-abuse on crime scene behaviour

By Christine Hammond

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The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of substance abuse specifically on\ud crime scene behaviour (CSB). Research has shown substance users (SUs) are more likely than non-substance users (N-SUs) to leave forensic evidence at crime scenes and it is through a mixture of qualitative and quantitative analysis that this is explored. Data analysis from acquisitive crime in 2006 was analysed through logistic regression and produced a number of predictors that significantly identify if a crime was committed by substance users. Content analysis of interviews with participants in a community drugs programme and a prison confirmed the findings and provide insight into offender\ud thought processes. Findings suggest substance abuse may result in offenders behaving more irrationally at crime scenes, thus leaving more evidence. Suggestions and implications are discussed.University of Leiceste

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/3522
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