Are Serious Criminals Really Offence Versatile?

  • Jason Roach
  • Ken Pease
Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)


To restate the central point, SSP is a means by which active, serious offenders can be identified, by the minor crimes that they commit (Roach 2007a, b). It has certain advantages over traditional methods in that it focuses exclusively on what people do rather than who they are or have been in the past. As discussed in the previous chapter, although an emergent method for police to utilize, it will not, nor is it intended to, replace more established investigative methods like collecting witness accounts, analysing CCTV footage, or matching the modus operandi to those known to have committed previous offences in similar ways (i.e. the usual ‘known’ suspects).


Offence Type Criminal Career Minor Offence Repeat Victimization Minor Crime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jason Roach
    • 1
  • Ken Pease
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.University College LondonLondonUK

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