The present study investigated the nature and extent of escalation in the criminal histories of 161 sex offenders who committed at least two burglaries. Six types of escalations were considered: type of burglary, occupancy, violence, weapon, frequency, and the victim-offender relationship. Escalators and non-escalators were compared, differences between the groups were reviewed, and the cumulative effect of various forms of escalation was analyzed. Results indicated that escalators and non-escalators could be differentiated on a number of important dimensions that might assist in the earlier detection of subsequently more dangerous offenders.
By: Pedneault A1, Harris DA2, Knight RA3.
- 1Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2San Jose State University, CA, USA.
- 3Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.