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Title: Principles of Incendiary Crime Analysis - The Arson Pattern Recognition System (APRS) Approach to Arson Information Management
Author(s): D J Icove; P E Keith
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 250
Sponsoring Agency: US Fire Admin (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Grant Number: EMW-K 0812
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Arson is the malicious and willful burning of property, sometimes for fraudulent purposes. On a per offense basis, it is the costliest and fastest rising crime in the United States with yearly property losses exceeding $2.5 billion and deaths amounting to 1,000.
Abstract: Reasons given for the nationally accelerating rate of arson include a present lack of uniform law enforcement strategies, low criminal prosecution success rates, and the general multifaceted nature of the offense. The paper explores strategies for incendiary crime abatement programs, including a comprehensive analysis of the offense. This analysis forms a model for combating arson-fraud crimes and is delineated into detection, prediction, and prevention phases. Computer-assisted techniques aid in this analysis and are documented by using actual case data with the Arson Pattern Recognition System (APRS). Tables, figures, equations, and appendixes including Ohio's Arson Control Act of 1976 are supplied. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Arson investigations; Arson management information systems
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