Tagged: crime

Is your genome really your own? The public and forensic value of DNA - News

Guest Author May 02, 2018

Nathan Scudder, University of Canberra and Dennis McNevin, University of Technology Sydney This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Technologies for amplifying, sequencing and matching DNA have created new opportunities in genomic science. In this series When DNA Talks we look at the ethical and social implications. When Joseph … Read More

iWitnessed: What is it, and how can it help us? - News

Guest Author Apr 09, 2018

New app iWitnessed will allow eye witnesses and victims to record details of their testimony to help with police investigations. The app guides users through a list of key interview questions allowing specifics to be captured as quickly as possible after a crime. Developed by experts in forensic psychology at the University of Sydney and … Read More

Mind-reading technology should not be used to solve crime - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 26, 2017

By Paul McGorrery, Deakin University There is growing interest in the potential for a technology known as brain fingerprinting to be used in the fight against crime and terrorism, but it’s far from reliable. Its use without consent violates human rights. And importantly, the technology (as it currently exists) can be tricked. Brain fingerprinting seeks to … Read More

Police benefits - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 05, 2015

More evidence that the elasticity of crime with respect to police numbers is around -0.3.Klick and Tabarrok previously used terror alert status changes to identify the effect of police numbers on crime in Washington, DC. This time, MacDonald, Klick and Grunwald use a geographic regression discontinuity design to identify effects where, on one side of the line, you … Read More

Preventive detention or proactive monitoring? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 21, 2015

Some folks, you just can't reach. David Farrar's pessimistic in this case:Stuff reports:A man believed to be New Zealand’s worst recidivist drink-driver will be released from prison next month, despite describing himself as a “danger to the community”.Raymond Charles Laing was jailed for three years in 2012 after notching up his 26th conviction for driving under the influence … Read More

Stat Juking revisited - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 16, 2014

I'd reckoned you'd need a bit of stats-fu to find evidence of police juking of the crime statistics. Turns out there was an easier way. Bevan Hurley reports that the Herald on Sunday got a copy of a report showing that Counties Manukau police had been fiddling the burglary numbers by recoding burglaries as less serious offences. About 700 burglaries … Read More

Stat Juking? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 10, 2014

Labour claims that National's instructed the police to charge fewer people to meet crime reduction targets.  HT: NoRightTurn“Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers to reduce the number of charges they lay to meet the Government's targets,” Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says.“Police are … Read More

A looming global cyber security crisis? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Jun 19, 2013

Is our cyber future going to be the playground of spies and hoods? Is it already a mash-up of Big Brother and the Sopranos? And how much does it matter? The recent national and international revelations about electronic surveillance  (not to mention large scale accidental privacy breaches by some government agencies) are alarming to many. More so probably … Read More

Get real, forensic scientists: the CSI effect is waning - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Apr 29, 2013

By Ahmad Samarji, Victoria University [Ed: Note – I’ll be moderating a panel discussion in Wellington tonight featuring a scientist, criminologist, journalist and policeman talking about the science of crime – details here] You’ve heard of the so-called CSI effect – the manner in which the exaggerated portrayal of forensic science on crime television shows such … Read More

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