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The use of maps in offender interviewing

WithLucía Summers, Shane D. Johnson, George F. Rengert

This chapter provides a discussion of the use of two different types of mapping tasks in offender interviews, namely sketch and cartographic maps. The methodological issues associated with their use are discussed and examples of their application in previous studies presented. To provide a more concrete example of how they may be used together to examine a specific research hypothesis, illustrative findings from a recent study concerned with the spatial decisionmaking of property offenders are presented. The use of maps in offender interviews is associated with a number of problems, but we argue that they are beneficial and help to elicit information that otherwise might not be revealed.