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The Environmental Range of\ud Serial Rapists

By David V. Canter

Abstract

A model of individual sexual offenders' spatial activity was developed based upon\ud 45 British male sexual assaulters who had committed at least two assaults. For each\ud offender a separate map was produced indicating the spatial locations of his\ud offences and residence. A Marauder model and a Commuter model of offenders'\ud spatial behaviour was proposed. As an elaboration of the Marauder model, the\ud Circle and Range hypotheses were tested against the sample of offenders. Results\ud of the study support the Marauder model showing that most of the sample (87 %)\ud move out from their home base in a region around that base to carry out their\ud attacks. The antithetical Commuter model was not supported within the sample. The\ud Circle and Range Hypotheses were supported demonstrating that offenders operate\ud within a distinct offence region (in 91 % of cases) and that the distance they travel\ud to offend correlates directly with distances between offences (r = 0.93, p <\ud 0.001). The findings clearly indicate that there is a basis for model of offence venue\ud choice by individuals within the sample. The present study supports the value of a\ud theory of domocentricity within offenders' lives and offers potential applicability\ud to the solving of crimes

Topics: BF, H1
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Company
Year: 1996
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:9230

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