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NCJ Number: 160737 Find in a Library
Title: Space, Place and Crime: Hot Spot Areas and Hot Places of Liquor-Related Crime (From Crime and Place, P 145-183, 1995, John E Eck and David Weisburd, eds. -- See NCJ-160730)
Author(s): R L Block; C R Block
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 39
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press

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Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored relationships among place, space, and specific situations of Chicago taverns and liquor stores and criminal activities in those places.
Abstract: Using police, census, and liquor license data from the January-June 1993 period, the study identified the most dense concentrations of places, events in these places, and incidents in surrounding areas. Place and space attributes of 49 high incident places were compared to those of 49 low incident places, and the relationship between places and incidents in two police districts was examined. Several place types emerged, each of which had a different relationship to crime attraction, generation, and control, and each of which would require different intervention strategies. Hot spot areas occurring in taverns and liquor stores known to the police did not necessarily coincide with dense clusters of the establishments themselves. Likewise, such areas did not coincide with areas where crime levels were generally high or with areas characterized by a high level of lethal violence related to alcohol use. Rather, high crime levels in hot spot areas reflected general crime patterns. A program of intensive police and citizen patrols to reduce street crime is currently being evaluated for the Chicago area. 84 references, 19 notes, 3 tables, and 6 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Crime analysis; Crime patterns; Crime prevention measures; Geographic distribution of crime; High crime areas; Illinois; Police crime-prevention
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