A ‘criminal personas’ approach to countering criminal creativity

Hilton, Kevin and Irons, Alastair (2006) A ‘criminal personas’ approach to countering criminal creativity. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 8 (4). pp. 248-259. ISSN 1460-3780

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This paper describes a pilot study of a ‘criminal personas’ approach to countering criminal creativity. The value of the personas approach has been assessed by comparing the identification of criminal opportunity, through ‘traditional’ brainstorming and then through ‘criminal personas’ brainstorming The method involved brainstorm sessions with Computer Forensics Practitioners and with Product Designers, where they were required to generate criminal scenarios, select the most serious criminal opportunities, and propose means of countering them. The findings indicated that there was merit in further research in the development and application of the ‘criminal personas’ approach. The generation of criminal opportunity ideas and proposal of counter criminal solutions were both greater when the brainstorm approach involved the group responding through their given criminal personas.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2009 10:08
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 11:48
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472

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