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Routine Activity Debrief: Understanding offending behaviour

Intelligence led policing is considered to be an effective and efficient crime reduction strategy, given the proactive, collaborative and strategic nature of the approach. However, the success of intelligence-led crime reduction strategies is dependent on gaining a firm understanding of the criminal entity - there is a need to understand how and why individuals offend.

In partnership with the WA Police (specifically, the Intelligence and Deployment Division), this research seeks to develop an understanding of the motivation to offend and offending behaviour, taking into consideration the multiple contexts in which offenders exist and the routine activities of those offenders. This research will be completed in three phases:

  1. Conduct of interviews with police detainees at the Perth Watch House to inform the development of a survey instrument.
  2. Pilot testing of the survey instrument across policing Districts in Western Australia.
  3. State-wide implementation of data collection within policing Districts.

Phase one of the research is currently underway.

Funding body

Faculty of Business and Law Strategic Research Grant

Project duration

December 2016


Associate Professor Pamela Henry
Ms Nikki Rajakaruna
Dr Adrian Scott

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