New findings—Burglars have one of four personalities, and they're finally getting caught

New findings—Burglars have one of four personalities, and they’re finally getting caught
Bryanna Fox, PhD, assistant professor of criminology at USF. Credit: University of South Florida

Law enforcement agencies across the country are solving an average of 85 percent more burglaries after adopting a new profiling system. The statistics-based program designed at the University of South Florida in Tampa indicates that the manner in which a burglary is committed is linked to the type of person behind the crime.

Bryanna Fox, PhD, assistant professor of criminology at USF, trains law enforcement to categorize each as organized, disorganized, interpersonal or opportunistic in nature. These descriptions apply to the crime and the suspect's likely personality. It helps narrow the list of potential suspects. As burglary remains the most common yet most unsolved major crime in the United States, this field-tested program is having considerable impact for and their communities.

New Burglar Profiles:

  • Organized: Suspect is male, 30 to 50 years old, and typically a repeat offender. He's generally employed full time and often meets potential victims on the job. As a "professional" burglar, his crimes are mostly premeditated and he brings tools such as a crowbar or lock pick to the scene.
  • Disorganized: Suspect is usually a young male and operates spontaneously, often due to a drug addiction. He regularly targets easy-to-pawn items (cell phones, jewelry, etc.) to make a quick profit. The haphazard offender may smash a window to break in, leaving incriminating evidence behind. This group tends to be well known to law enforcement for committing other crimes.
  • Interpersonal: Suspect knows the victim and may steal something personal, such as women's underwear or nothing at all. (Burglary is defined as "the intention to commit a felony" and does not require theft.) They might break in to show control and instill fear, possibly an ex-partner or a person of acute interest to the offender.
  • Opportunistic: Suspect is an amateur, often a juvenile, and takes advantage when finding an open/unlocked door, window or garage.

Fox has trained six agencies in New York, Minnesota, and Florida (Cheektoaga, NY, Duluth, MN, Daytona Beach, FL, Clearwater, FL, Winterhaven, FL and Pasco County, FL) and followed their burglary arrest and incidence rates for the following two years. She found that the agencies she trained solved 84.8 percent more burglaries after using the burglary profiles, and solved 32.9 percent more burglaries than comparable neighboring police agencies that didn't use these new profiling guidelines.

"I think an even more important, but very unexpected, finding was what happened to the number of burglaries occurring in the treatment departments' jurisdictions after they started implementing the burglary profiles," said Fox. "Specifically, results show that they had 40.9 percent fewer burglaries occurring in their jurisdictions, likely because they were doing a better job of putting so many more bad guys away!"

This comes as a tremendous cost savings to taxpayers and victims. For example, each burglary costs the average police department $7,000 to investigate, and the average victim loss is $2,500. As Fox's burglary profiles helped to prevent an average of 600 burglaries each year, this would save a police department $4.2 million in investigative expenses, and would save residents $1.5 million in losses.

Fox is currently training additional departments and will continue to follow their progress in solving more burglaries.


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Dec 01, 2017
Perps #1 and #3 are psychopaths and should be shot on sight.

I sat next to a guy in Borders one time who sat there brazenly removing the security labels from a stack of CDs. I said something to him but for some reason I didn't alert the store people. I suppose I felt intimidated by this psychopath.

These people spend their entire lives fixated on one thing and one thing only: how to manipulate people in order to take advantage of them and make them suffer.

That guy in Borders wasn't there because he needed CDs. He was there to victimize and to practice getting away with it. He victimized both the store and me.

You can't fix people like that. You can't fix people like Weinstein or Lauer or Franken. They got where they are by taking advantage of honest, trusting people who fell for their charm and who cowed to their intimidation.

The positions they achieved were only trophies to remind them of how good they had become at fucking people over and getting away with it.

Dec 01, 2017
"They see nothing wrong with they way they think or act, and they never look back with regret or forward with concern. They perceive themselves as superior beings in a hostile world in which others are competitors for power and resources. They feel it is the optimum thing to do to manipulate and deceive others in order to obtain what they want.

"Most therapy programs only provide them with new excuses for their behavior as well as new insights into the vulnerabilities of others. Through psychotherapy, they learn new and better ways of manipulating. What they do NOT do is make any effort to change their own views and attitudes."

-Hey George - how's that long-term outpatient treatment going down at the VA?

Dec 01, 2017
"The man, assessed by his prison psychiatrist as having made such remarkable improvement, was described by Hare's staffer as "the most terrifying offender she had ever met and that he openly boasted about how he had conned the prison staff into thinking that he was well on the road to rehabilitation. "I can't believe those guys," he said. "Who gave them a license to practice? I wouldn't let them psychoanalyze my dog! He'd shit all over them just like I did."

Dec 01, 2017
I also ran into perp #4 one morning in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He was a tall, gangly kid just going from car to car, getting into the unlocked ones and taking whatever he could find.

I drove up and confronted him, telling him that I was going to call the cops. He sort of stumbled toward me and I threatened to pepper spray him, whereupon he said 'No don't worry I'm not going anywhere.' He just stood there quietly next to my car and waited.

A few minutes later the cops pulled up, handcuffed him, and put him in the back seat. Later on they told me that he had skipped school, gotten stoned, and really couldn't tell them why he was doing what he was doing.

It reminded me of some of the bewildering things I had done at that age.

Dec 01, 2017
In my naivety I thought police were already using that sort of profiling when investigating a crime. I just thought that every police force on the planet would already know the above profile. Silly me.

Dec 01, 2017
TGO1, perp # is competent to shoot you first and lay the blame on you. They are professional locksmith, plumber, HVAC/power/phone installer/maintenance, real estate, etc. Those with access to your home but invisible to your neighbors.
Contrary to your delusion, they are saner than you are. They are driven by greed and entitlement. Same as gold rushers, oil men, pimps and alcohol/drug pushers. Don't get in their way!

Perps 2 & 4 are ignorant kids. Hungry, hungry for status symbols, hungry to belong to a group even if it is criminal. Easy to manipulate and easy to toss under the bus of institutional indifference.

There is a chance for remedial therapy. Except you altright blowhards constantly striving to defund mental health programs. The threat of therapy makes you uncomfortable?

perp 3 is the most difficult for our society to deal with. To qyote Franklin "We Americans are a violent people."

Our society does a piss-poor job of protecting prey from predators.

Dec 02, 2017
competent to shoot you first and lay the blame on you
You watch too many movies willis. YouTube is better.
https://youtu.be/RsreAFzubXM

-Spend an afternoon watching all the perps getting shot and shot at.

I know, in your mind all those who fail are the dumb kids, not the pros right?
There is a chance for remedial therapy
Some things can't be fixed. Psychopathy is one of them. Can you fix epilepsy with therapy? Can you fix people who come here offering opinions on things they know nothing about and refuse to learn?

"He does bizarre and self-destructive things because consequences that would fill the ordinary man with shame, self-loathing, and embarrassment simply do not affect the psychopath at all."

"some psychopaths earned reputations for being fearless fighter pilots during World War II, staying on their targets like terriers on an ankle. Yet, these pilots often failed to keep track of such unexciting details as fuel supply, altitude, location..."

Dec 02, 2017
Says willis
They are professional locksmith, plumber, HVAC/power/phone installer/maintenance, real estate, etc
Yes and as we know that real estate agents and maintenance men make the best mercs and cat burglers.

I would add a fifth category to the list - gullible people so lacking in self-control and common sense that they can easily be talked into doing most anything. Theyre usually sought out by psychopaths to do their bidding for them and take the blame.

IOW victims used to victimize.

Dec 02, 2017
You can observe this phenomenon here at physorg when resident psychopaths get shills to argue their cause for them without first doing some research and checking facts.
https://phys.org/...ery.html

Dec 02, 2017
So TGO1, if even attempting mental health care for juveniles is a wasted effort?

Then on that logic, I presume you automatically reject all medical care? That broken leg of yours will heal up on it's own, right?

Only weaklings would let themselves be vaccinated, accept a blood transfusion or eat nutritious food?

That cancer eating at your gizzard is just going to have to slug it out with your tapeworms for dominance?

Cause you are certain the medical profession is just a bunch of over-paid quacks?

Dec 02, 2017
What does any of your poop have to do with psychopathy???

You wouldn't know nor would you care to know.

"In some children the very failure to bond is a symptom of psychopathy. It is likely that these children lack the capacity to bond readily, and that their lack of attachment is largely the result, not the cause, of psychopathy. [Hare]

"In other words: they are born that way and you can't fix them.

"To many people, the idea of a child psychopath is almost unthinkable. But the fact is, true psychopaths are born, not made."

Some things can't be fixed but maybe some day they will find a cure for death?

Dec 03, 2017
Okeydoke, TGO1, for the sake of moving this dispute of opinions along. Let us tentatively accept your contention that (some? all? %?) of children are born psychopaths. Now what?

Do you test all children for such tendencies? There are many parents refusing to let their children be vaccinated or accept blood transfusions. How do you intend to confront and force those people into obedience to your dictates?

Or, as I suspect, are you going to concentrate your suppression on those of the melanin endowed persons? That melanin is widely blamed as a cause of anti-social behavior.

I, myself blame the defective genetic contributions from centuries of rape by English/Welsh/Scot/Irish male predators upon defenseless women and girls of the colored persuasion.

And TGO1, why are your dictates as to the mental capacity of any child to be accepted by the rest of us?

Cause frankly? You seem to be staring into a mirror, expressing your personal fears for your own sanity.

Dec 04, 2017
Only training the very bad cops?

From the text "She found that the agencies she trained solved 84.8 percent more burglaries after using the burglary profiles, and solved 32.9 percent more burglaries than comparable neighboring police agencies that didn't use these new profiling guidelines."

Why are the figures different? Are the police agencys she train perticulary bad at solving crimes? Before training the neighboring agencies should be equally good at solving burglaries? Or have I misunderstood something?

Dec 04, 2017
There are many parents refusing to let their children be vaccinated or accept blood transfusions
In the news

"The mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son says she would 'do it all over again'"

"The parents of an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl who prayed instead of seeking medical help for the diabetic child are facing homicide charges in connection with her death."

"A high court judge has ruled that the son of two devout Jehovah's Witnesses can be given a blood transfusion despite religious objections from his parents."

-Psychopathy presents a greater danger to society than diabetes or unvaccinated kids.
mental capacity
-It's not 'capacity'. It's a specific malformity which threatens society.

Dec 04, 2017
I, myself blame the defective genetic contributions from centuries of rape by English/Welsh/Scot/Irish male predators upon defenseless women and girls of the colored persuasion
-That's because you're a trolling idiot.

Dec 04, 2017
So, TGO1, you are scurrying to dodge the questions I raised.

Damn, I must be a lot closer to the truth, then even I thought!

Which leaves the distasteful impression that TGO1 is just an ignorant bigot.

Dec 04, 2017
Which leaves the distasteful impression that TGO1 is just an ignorant bigot
Naw I usually wait for trolling idiots to expose themselves before passing judgement.

Dec 05, 2017
Uhhmm, TGO1, you should remember to close your raincoat before criticizing others for "exposing themselves".

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