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Sunday, March 09, 2008

My Definition of Random Crime

Actually, I wouldn't even use the term, and you'd be hard pressed to find it used in any policing literature. Chapel Hill Police yesterday released a photo of the possible suspect in the murder of Eve Carson. Apparently the young man was spotted by a security camera. He was attempting to use the victim's bank card at a drive-through ATM.

Chapel Hill Police Chief, Brian Curran yesterday again repeated the assertion that " feels like a random crime". Yes, I get the interpretation that the murder was "random" in the sense that the offender didn't know the victim. But random implies that the victim and offenders' points of intersection were wholly unpredictable; that there was no way of preventing this horrible tragedy. Again, I'm not so sure. Take a look at last week's crime blotter just released in The Chapel Hill News:

"Residential break-ins occurred last week on the 700 block of Bolinwood Drive, the 500 block of Hillsborough Street...."

Put these together with these and you have a gradual progression of break-ins and car thefts that have escalated in the course of the last month in the area where Eve Carson lived and died. This isn't random, it is a predictable pattern. These types of crimes have been on the rise. I believe it is premature and possibly disingenuous for the Orange County District Attorney to imply anything to the contrary.


At 1:31 PM, Blogger Bill Widman said...

Now lemmie see if I understand this correctly.
Does this mean CHPD has not considered Geographic Profiling?

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure they have done the math and are fully aware of the implications. The problem - for them - is that the public has gotten savvy. Anyone with addresses, dates and Mapquest can put the pieces together.

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DA's comments are out of line: his first opportunity to comment on the case and what does he do? Covers his own ass.

Credit to UNC administration. In short order they offered the School's private plane at the service of the grieving family, established a trust fund, and sent a group representing the school to the funeral in Georgia: class act.


At 1:37 AM, Blogger Bill Widman said...

I definitely agree.
UNC deserves much credit for how they've responded to this tragedy.

I am very impressed with the chancellor's speech at the memorial service on campus. It was beautiful!


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