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NCJ Number: 237283 Find in a Library
Title: Profiling Illegal Waste Activity: Using Crime Scripts as a Data Collection and Analytical Strategy
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:September 2011  Pages:179-201
Author(s): Lisa Thompson; Spencer Chainey
Date Published: September 2011
Page Count: 23
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article examines criminology and illegal waste activity.
Abstract: The illegal treatment and trade of waste is an international problem which is widely assumed to be both evolving and growing. Emergent forms of criminality such as this often have the problem of data being in scarce supply, and as a result are difficult to study, and subsequently understand. In this paper the authors introduce the methodological concept of script analysis to assist a more objective assessment and understanding of illegal waste activity. This includes using crime scripts in two ways; to help identify data requirements, and as a tool to analyze illegal waste processes. The authors illustrate the utility of this methodology using waste electrical and electronic equipment. In doing so, the authors argue that this approach elicits a specific, focused account of what illegal activity has occurred, and nests it within the wider context of the waste management system. The authors anticipate that using this methodology will provide academics and practitioners a means of enhancing the investigation, detection and prevention of illegal waste activity. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime analysis; Crime prevention measures; Environmental offenses; Illegal hazardous waste disposal; International
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