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Title: Defining the "Hot Spots of Crime": Operationalizing Theoretical Concepts for Field Research (From Crime and Place, P 237-257, 1995, John E Eck and David Weisburd, eds. -- See NCJ- 160730)
Author(s): M E Buerger; E G Cohn; A J Petrosino
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Washington, DC 20036
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 88-IJ-CX-0009
Sale Source: Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 930
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America

Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research explored difficulties in transforming theoretical definitions of place into operational terms, where rigid boundaries of place in the abstract conflict with more fluid social definitions of place.
Abstract: The process of operationalizing computer-constructed "hot spots" for a 1988-1989 crime experiment in Minneapolis illustrated mutual effects between experimental design requirements and practical concerns of both field research and operational policy. Experimental results identified at least three different decision points where abstract concepts of space had to be negotiated in operational terms: (1) in the nature of human techniques and practices that assign activities to particular addresses in official records; (2) in the attribution of public space; and (3) in conflict over the nature of boundaries, distinct and discrete in computerized representations but invisible and fluid under field conditions. 11 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Automated crime analysis; Computer aided operations; Crime measurement; Crime patterns; Crime prevention measures; High crime areas; Minnesota; Police crime-prevention
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