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Fool’s gold? A critical assessment of sources of data on heritage crime

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posted on 08.11.2018, 10:49 by Louise Nicholas, Suzie Thomas, Adam Daubney
Purpose To explore critically various sources of data available on heritage crime, and consider how these may be utilised and improved. Design/methodology/approach Primarily a scoping review of the current heritage crime data climate, embedding examples from a range of existing and potential information sources. It highlights opportunities to improve data resources. Findings A lack of consistency in reporting and recording practices means there is little meaningful evidence about heritage crime trends and patterns. This needs to change in order to develop and evaluate appropriate strategies to reduce the problem of heritage crime nationally and internationally. Research limitations/implications It is hoped that by urging improvement of data resources in the heritage crime sector will inspire a greater number of researchers to analyse and address key problems within heritage crime. Practical implications This paper encourages the development of new and improved data collection methods to foster effective assessment of existing heritage crime reduction schemes and better support victims of heritage crime. Social implications Increasing availability and accessibility of high quality data on heritage crime would allow for developing better protections and resource allocation for vulnerable heritage. Originality/value This paper has drawn together, for the first time, evidence of the existing state of affairs of data availability within heritage crime. It is a position paper which encourages the development of improved recording and reporting practices both formally and informally across heritage and criminal justice sectors in order to support further research and understanding of the heritage crime problem.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Disaster Prevention and Management

Volume

29

Issue

1

Pages

10-21

Citation

GROVE, L., THOMAS, S. and DAUBNEY, A., 2018. Fool’s gold? A critical assessment of sources of data on heritage crime. Disaster Prevention and Management, doi:10.1108/DPM-07-2018-0232

Publisher

© Emerald

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

01/11/2018

Publication date

2018-11-23

Copyright date

2018

ISSN

0965-3562

Language

en