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Pathways in Crime

An Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis


Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Keatley
      Pages 3-14
    3. David Keatley
      Pages 15-25
    4. David Keatley
      Pages 27-46
  3. Overview of Research in Behaviour Sequence Analysis

  4. Behaviour Sequence Analysis and Related Methods in Forensic Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-123
    2. David Keatley
      Pages 125-136
    3. David Keatley
      Pages 137-146
    4. David Keatley
      Pages 147-155
    5. David Keatley
      Pages 157-164
    6. David Keatley
      Pages 165-169
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 171-174

About this book


This book introduces a novel approach to analysing and mapping criminal behaviours. Every crime occurs as a chain of behaviours and events, from inception and preparation through to commission and exit from the crime scene. These pathways in crime are complex, dynamic sequences that are by their very nature difficult to analyse. Keatley provides a clear and coherent introduction to Behaviour Sequence Analysis, and the chapters address a wide range of criminal offences, from deception in interrogations through to sexual assaults, serial homicide, and terrorism. Interesting additional similarities between Behaviour Sequence Analysis and other well-known methods, such as crime linkage, crime script analysis, and T-Pattern Analysis are also outlined in detail. Academic researchers in Forensic Psychology and Criminology, as well as applied practitioners and investigators will find this an invaluable book, and will gain clear insight and understanding into the method in order to apply it to their own cases.


forensic psychology BSA behavior data collection methods violence terrorism statistics crime-script time-series geographic profiling behavior tracking driving serial murder crime science forensic science criminal psychology social psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawMurdoch UniversityPerth, WAAustralia

About the authors

David Keatley is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Murdoch University, Australia, and Director of Researchers in Behaviour Sequence Analysis (ReBSA).

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