geographical profiling

Wasted Resources

A geographical profiling study of the mysterious street artist Banksy claims to have found significant evidence to support a previously suggested real identity: a nomad named Robin Gunningham who has lived or frequented places where the artist has been active. The study was apparently delayed by lawyers for the artist before its Thursday release, adding to the intrigue.

From NY Times Friday Briefing on March 4, 2016

Maybe I watch too many crime shows, but shouldn’t geographical profiling be used to hunt down serial killers and rapists and other scary criminals? Using these resources to locate a street artist seems like a huge waste of time, effort and money. I suppose some people street artists are criminals, but the examples of Banksy’s art I’ve scene are amazing and they beautify the boarded up buildings and other canvases of choice.