The utility of the Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System for conducting comparative case analysis

Authors: Davies, K., Imre, H. and Woodhams, J.

Journal: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice

Volume: 7

Issue: 1

Pages: 77-90

eISSN: 2056-385X

ISSN: 2056-3841

DOI: 10.1108/JCRPP-02-2020-0019


Purpose: The Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System (ViCLAS) is a computerised database which is used by law enforcement in several countries to find potential links between serial violent crimes. In 2012, Bennell, Snook, MacDonald, House and Taylor identified a number of assumptions that must be valid for these computerised systems to be effective. Design/methodology/approach: This paper revisits and expands on these assumptions with specific reference to the use of ViCLAS, looking at research that has been conducted since this 2012 review and outlining where research is still outstanding. Findings: The importance of evaluating ViCLAS is highlighted in this paper. Practical implications: Particularly, the research agenda highlights how the practice of comparative case analysis when using ViCLAS could be improved. Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first review of the research dedicated specifically to the evaluation of ViCLAS.

Source: Scopus