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NCJ Number: NCJ 233283     Find in a Library
Title: In Brief: Block by Block: Zeroing in on Crime Trends
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Author(s): Philip Bulman
  Journal: NIJ Journal  Issue:267  Dated:Winter 2010  Pages:16 to 17
Date Published: 2010
Page Count: 2
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: This brief examines the identification of crime hot spots at the micro-level of city blocks (street segments) through the examination of several theories.
Abstract: Researchers point out those crime prevention efforts aimed at entire neighborhoods or groups of neighborhoods are not efficient uses of limited police resources, because most crime is concentrated in a small percentage of street segments. If law enforcement agencies can identify street segments with high crime rates, they can direct resources toward those places. They can potentially achieve the same level of crime prevention with a smaller number of targets. Researchers in this brief studied block-by-block crime incidents in Seattle from 1989 to 2004. Crime rates were found to have declined in Seattle at the micro-level of city blocks. Block-level information was assembled to answer questions related to social disorganization theory and opportunity theories of crime as well as routine activity theory. Urban areas of crime were highly concentrated in specific places and that most places have little or no crime. It was found that 50 percent of the crime occurred in just 5 to 6 percent of the blocks. 2 notes
Main Term(s): Crime patterns
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures ; Geographic distribution of crime ; Crime analysis ; Crime prevention planning ; Demographic analysis of crime
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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