Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Bryanna Fox, Ph.D.
Shayne Jones, Ph.D.
Wesley Jennings, Ph.D.
experiment, policing, profiling, replication
This study used a quasi-experiment in order to evaluate the effect the SPOT-burglary profile on burglary arrest rates. A single police agency split into three different districts was used for the quasi-experiment. The SPOT-burglary profile was implemented in one district, while leaving the other two as control groups. The differences between the districts were controlled for using a statistical analysis. Burglary arrest rates were collected each month for all three districts for a period of one year before the implementation, and for six months after the implementation. Results show that the district who received the SPOT-burglary profile raised their burglary arrest rates by almost 75% in only 6 months, even after controlling for all relevant variables. This shows that the experimental intervention, the burglary profile, had a significant effect on the intended outcome- burglary arrest rates. The results of this study suggest that the SPOT-burglary profile may be able to provide law enforcement agencies with another tool to help increase burglary arrest rates in the future.
Scholar Commons Citation
Gilmore, Lance Edwin, "Experimentally Evaluating Statistical Patterns of Offending Typology For Burglary: A Replication Study" (2014). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.