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Why Are Arson Detection Rates so Low? A Study of the Factors that Promote and Inhibit the Detection of Arson

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posted on 31.10.2012, 14:27 by Matt Hopkins
The national detection rate for arson is very low when compared to that for most other offence types. This paper explores why this is the case. It begins by examining the way arson is identified and recorded, and highlights the large mismatch between the numbers of deliberate fires recorded by fire and rescue services and the number of arson cases recorded by the police. It then turns to the issue of detection rates for those incidents identified as arson. Here, particular attention is given to a study that tracked 240 investigations across six police BCU areas. Analysis is conducted by using a framework based upon considering how the nature of cases, police activities, regimes and resources impact upon detections. Finally, a number of concluding comments are made.

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Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice, 2009, 3 (1), pp. 78-88

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Criminology

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Policing (Oxford): a journal of policy and practice

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Oxford University Press

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1752-4512

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1752-4520

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2009

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31/10/2012

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http://policing.oxfordjournals.org/content/3/1/78.full

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Policing (2009) 3 (1): 78-88 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pan069.

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