I've praised Mark Buchanan's The Social Atom here in the past, a very good analysis of complex adaptive systems, networking and nonlinearity, that shows how human interactions are not as special as humans (surprise) think they are. Buchanan has a blog and has discovered not only crime but "routine activity" theory in criminology. A nice post here on where it might go and a promise to do more analysis soon. (There's also a good comment citing the incomparable Jane Jacobs as support for Buchanan's perspective.)
What's important about this is the fresh set of eyes that Buchanan and his fellow physical science people bring to our situation. The application of new methodology alone, which almost has to be done by the mathematicians and physicist types, will advance us in our study of criminal behavior far beyond what the simplistic, linear, fragmented studies in social science have done in the past. But they will also literally be "outside the box," not trapped by the decades and decades of structured thinking that afflicts every aged discipline. They won't come up with all the answers for the hows and whys of crime and how to stop it, but they will bring some fresh thought and enliven the old truths. It will be fun to watch. Go give him some hits so he knows we're looking forward to it.