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Title: Does Crime Just Move Around the Corner? A Study of Displacement and Diffusion in Jersey City, NJ
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  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
Author(s): David Weisburd ; Laura A. Wyckoff ; Justin Ready ; John E. Eck ; Josh Hinkle ; Frank Gajewski
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2004
Page Count: 369
  Annotation: This federally supported report examined displacement and diffusion in relation to hot spot policing approaches, focusing on the possibility and characteristics of displacement and diffusion to areas near the targeted sites of intervention.
Abstract: Over the past years, there have been a substantial number of research studies conducted on hot spots policing efforts which have shown that hot spot policing approaches have strong impacts upon crime in target sites. Yet, there is concern that by focusing police efforts on hot spots, crime will simply be displaced to non-targeted areas. This study, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, focused on the immediate spatial displacement or diffusion of crime to areas near the targeted sites of intervention. Two study sites were selected in Jersey City, NJ to determine if prevention efforts simply move crime around the corner or do crime in hot spot areas get diffused to areas immediately surrounding the direct focus target areas? In each site, small target areas were selected to receive intensive police enforcement and to capture displacement or diffusion, two catchment areas surrounding the targeted areas were defined and selected for each site. Study findings confirm earlier study findings which reported little evidence of immediate spatial displacement, and strong evidence for diffusion of benefits beyond the targeted areas. This adds strong support to a policy approach focusing police resources at crime hot spots. High concentration on hot spots is likely to lead to strong crime prevention benefits. However, the study suggests some caution to those who have argued that hot spots policing will produce strong crime prevention outcomes without displacement of crime. Lastly, the study suggests the importance of nonofficial data sources for assessing crime prevention programs, specifically the use of social and physical observations and qualitative data collection for assessing direct program impacts. References, tables, appendix 1, and appendixes C-N
Main Term(s): High crime areas
Index Term(s): High visibility patrol ; Police resource allocation ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Community crime prevention programs ; Deterrence effectiveness ; Police crime-prevention ; Police crisis intervention ; Demographic analysis of crime ; NIJ final report ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 97-IJ-CX-0055
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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