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Crime science: editorial statement

Marianne Junger1*, Gloria Laycock4, Pieter Hartel2 and Jerry Ratcliffe3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Public Administration, Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB, Enschede, The Netherlands

2 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente, Zilverling building, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB, Enschede, The Netherlands

3 Dept. of Criminal Justice, Temple University, 1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, USA

4 Professor of Crime Science, University College London, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ, UK

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Crime Science 2012, 1:1  doi:10.1186/2193-7680-1-1

Published: 11 June 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Imagine criminally active drug addicts or repeat offenders stealing from cars or houses. Do you think these criminals check the stock market before committing an offence? The vast majority of active offenders do not own shares and therefore do not need to keep up to date with the Dow Jones index. However, [Sidebottom et al 2011] demonstrate a very close relationship between monthly ups and downs of the copper price as traded on the London Metal Exchange with the extent of theft of copper from the UK railway system. Apparently, although copper thieves may not have been aware of the metal exchange dealings, their behavior reflected the price of the copper on the official market to a remarkable extent. Researchers in Australia found similar results with respect to petrol [Moffatt & Fitzgerald, 2006] but in this case the petrol theft tracks the price of petrol at the pumps.