Can Fuzzy Decision Support Link Serial Serious Crime?

Don Casey, Phillip Burrell


The problem addressed is one of great practical significance in the investigation of stranger rape. The linkage of these crimes at an early stage is of the greatest importance in a successful prosecution and also in the prevention of further crimes that may be even more serious. One of the most important considerations when investigating a serious sexual offence is to find if it can be linked to other offences; if this can be done then there is a considerable dividend in terms additional evidence and new lines of enquiry. In spite of a great deal of research into this area and the expenditure of considerable resources by law enforcement agencies across the world there is no computer-based decision support system that assist crime analysts in this important task. A number of different crime typologies have been presented but their utility in decision support is unproven. It is the authors’ contention that difficulties arise from the inadequacy of the adoption of the classical or ‘crisp set’ paradigm. Complex events like crimes cannot be described satisfactorily in this way and it proposed that fuzzy set theory offers a powerful framework within which crime can be portrayed in a sensitive manner and that this can integrate psychological knowledge in order to enhance crime linkage.


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Paper Citation

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Casey D. and Burrell P. (2013). Can Fuzzy Decision Support Link Serial Serious Crime? . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-8565-39-6, pages 383-388. DOI: 10.5220/0004332403830388

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author={Don Casey and Phillip Burrell},
title={Can Fuzzy Decision Support Link Serial Serious Crime?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 2: ICAART,
TI - Can Fuzzy Decision Support Link Serial Serious Crime?
SN - 978-989-8565-39-6
AU - Casey D.
AU - Burrell P.
PY - 2013
SP - 383
EP - 388
DO - 10.5220/0004332403830388