Modus operandi

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Modus operandi (plural modi operandi) is a Laitin phrase, approximately translatit as "method o operation".[1] The term is uised tae describe someane's habits o wirkin, pairticularly in the context o business or creeminal investigations. In Inglis, it is aften shortened tae M.O.

The expression is aften uised in polis wirk when discussin a creeme an addressin the methods employed bi the perpetrators. It is uised in creeminal profilin an aw,[2] whaur it can help in fyndin clues tae the affender's psychology.[3] It lairgely consists o examinin the actions uised bi the individual(s) tae execute the creeme, prevent its detection an/or facilitate escape.[1] A suspect's modus operandi can assist in his identification, apprehension, or repression, an can be uised tae determine links atween creemes.[4]

In business, modus operandi is uised tae describe a firm's preferred means o doin business an interactin wi ither firms.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas, J. E. and A. W. Burgess, A. G. Burgess, R. K. Ressler. Crime classification manual (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) ISBN 0-7879-8501-5, p. 19-21.
  2. Vronsky, R. Serial Killers (Berkley Books, 2004) ISBN 0-425-19640-2, p. 412.
  3. Hazelwood, R. R, A. W. Burgess, Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation, (CRC Press, 2001) ISBN 0-8493-0076-2, p. 517.
  4. Berg, B.L. Criminal Investigation (McGraw-Hill, 2008) ISBN 978-0-07-340124-9

Further Readin[eedit | eedit soorce]

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  • Levinson, D. Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, (SAGE, 2002) ISBN 0-7619-2258-X
  • Carlo, P. "The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez" (Pinnacle Books 1996) ISBN 0-7860-1362-1