Academic journal article Asian Social Science

Escape Behavior of Suspects Following Acts of Crime and Warrant Issuances: A Study towards the Development of Warranted Suspect Tracing Innovation

Academic journal article Asian Social Science

Escape Behavior of Suspects Following Acts of Crime and Warrant Issuances: A Study towards the Development of Warranted Suspect Tracing Innovation

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Abstract

The study of escape bahaviour of warranted suspected involves Qualitative Research by means of in-depth interviews of individual with experiences and expertise in tracing warranted suspects in order to analyse the escape behaviour of warranted suspects in order to find out where they fled to following acts of crime. The study found that there were different factors affecting escape behavior such as suspect financial position, suspect background, suspect demeanor, severity of crime, past crime history, and geography. The experts have opined that "the main point about escape behaviour is not how the suspects escape, but how they live their lives following the acts of crime". The most important information leading to suspect arrests is social security information which details his new occupation. The second most important is the suspect's financial activities, with the third being his telephone usage and other service records like medical care, utilities, electricity, water, food order, as well as cable TV viewing having secondary significance. Meanwhile, the main obstacles associated with the arrests of warranted suspects are the insufficient number of investigators and the lack of the application of relevant technologies to facilitate the officers' operations. The researcher therefore suggests that all the data relevant to investigation should be linked nationwide via technology to help with the arrests of suspects. This research has resulted in a new body of knowledge in tracing warranted suspects, the result of which can be developed further into the warranted suspects tracing system. By doing so, the effectiveness and capacity of the police in arresting warranted suspects will be enhanced.

Keyword: innovation, crime, warranted suspect, royal Thai police

1. Introduction

Crime is a severe problem and the so-called "scourge of the society". It directly affects the safety of the citizens as well as social order in general. Currently, crime problems are associated with social and technological advanced as seen by rising crime figure. For example, from 2007-2011, the number of cases where the state is a victim increased by more than 20 percent (Central Information Technology Centre, 2013). Not only the number of cases has increased, but also the various and more complicated ways in which crime has been committed. Even though every single government has realised the severity of crime and the police has worked to the best of their ability in trying to bring suspected criminal to justice in an effort to maintain peace and protect the lives and properties of citizens, there still remain some criminals on the run. This is reflected in the number of accumulated warrants whereby. For example, in 2009 there were 38,208 such warrants, but the number increased to 45,845 the following year. Currently, there are a total of 152,148 warrants left in the Royal Thai Police database as of 28 March 2013. (Central Information Technology Centre, Royal Thai Police 2013) Even though senior officials in the Royal Thai Police has repeatedly urged police officers in each precinct to arrest warranted suspects, the number of accrued warrant has still not significantly dropped. According to the Criminal Records Division, Royal Thai Police, in 2011, there are a total of 550,169 criminal cases with 45,845 warrants issued. The arrest was made in 16,167 cases or 35.26 percent. (excluding abandoned cases and prescription) In 2010 there are a total of 39,944 warrants issued, with the arrest being made in 11,371 cases or 41.23 percent. (excluding abandoned cases and prescription) In 2009 there are a total of 38,308 warrants issued, with the arrest being made in 9,639 cases or 34.74 percent. (excluding abandoned cases and prescription) (Royal Thai Police 2013) This shows that officers can arrest approximately a third of suspected warrants, with the remainder posing threats to the society in one way or another. Thanks to the importance of this problem, a study was conducted to develop warrant-related process of the Royal Thai Police. …

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