Crime Solvability Factors

Police Resources and Crime Detection

  • Richard Timothy Coupe
  • Barak Ariel
  • Katrin Mueller-Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Richard Timothy Coupe, Barak Ariel, Katrin Mueller-Johnson
    Pages 1-14
  3. Tom Olphin, Richard Timothy Coupe
    Pages 15-34
  4. Colin Paine, Barak Ariel
    Pages 53-74
  5. Stephanie Sharp, Richard Timothy Coupe
    Pages 89-106
  6. Paul Robb, Richard Timothy Coupe, Barak Ariel
    Pages 107-126
  7. Colin Duffy, Richard Timothy Coupe
    Pages 127-148
  8. Tom Olphin, Katrin Mueller-Johnson
    Pages 149-174
  9. Anthony Jones, Richard Timothy Coupe, Katrin Mueller-Johnson
    Pages 225-256
  10. Bronwyn Killmier, Katrin Mueller-Johnson, Richard Timothy Coupe
    Pages 257-285
  11. Rebecca Riggs, Richard Timothy Coupe, Denis O’Connor
    Pages 331-365
  12. Richard Timothy Coupe
    Pages 411-431
  13. Richard Timothy Coupe, Barak Ariel
    Pages 433-450
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 451-454

About this book


At a time when resources are scarce, not every crime may be investigated as fully as is desirable. Police generally use experience to guide their case screening. This volume demonstrates a new, research-based approach, exploring innovative research on crime solvability as a factor for crime investigation and prevention.

Crime solvability is the interplay between forensic science, decision-making, and prediction to determine the likelihood that a crime will be solved. This text discusses recent studies of how solvable cases may be identified, using original sets of police data. It focuses on high-volume crimes such as burglary, assault, metal theft, and cyberfraud. By targeting more cases that can be solved, police departments can manage their resources better and have the greatest effect on arrests, as well as preventing future crimes by these offenders.

Topics covered include:

  • Research into the effects of crime solvability and detection outcomes.
  • Studies ranging from less severe, high-volume crimes to severe offences.
  • Effects of resources on investigating and detecting crime.
  • Theoretical resourcing-solvability model of crime detection.
  • Detection complements preventive approaches in containing criminal activity.
  • Chapters on incident solvability and measured use of resources in different investigative stages.
  • Predictive approaches for improving crime solvability.
  • Property, violent, and sexual offenses.

Crime Solvability Factors: Police Resources and Crime Detection will be of interest to researchers in criminology and criminal justice, particularly with an interest in quantitative and experimental research and police studies. It will also be of interest to policymakers and police organizations.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Timothy Coupe
    • 1
  • Barak Ariel
    • 2
  • Katrin Mueller-Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.Institute of CriminologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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