Monday, 25 October 2010
Firearms,victims, witnesses and splitting hairs
Now why am I splitting hairs like this? Well the crime commission process is extremely important in the analysis of the occurrence of crime. The more precisely the factors that are involved in the occurrence of crime are understood and defined the more precise the resulting analysis will be.
For a crime to occur therefore there has to be three factors offender(s), location(s) and time(s). This is a slightly different angle on the Problem Analysis Triangle from Problem Oriented Policing (POP) shown below
So yesterday I showed location. Today in the graph above I show the gender and age characteristics of the victims and witnesses of crimes involving firearms. This brings me on to another concept. Who is affected by crime? The victim obviously, but probably those that witnessed it as well if it was a violent or frightening event as many crimes involving firearms are. That is the reason why I have shown both graphs. The reason for the jagged peaks is because these are often estimated ages and these at often estimated at 5 year periods.