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NCJ Number: 186498 Find in a Library
Title: Household Crowding and Aggregate Crime Rates
Journal: Journal of Crime and Justice  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:2000  Pages:47-64
Author(s): Steven E. Barkan
Editor(s): J. Mitchell Miller
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Recognizing few systematic studies have tested the effects of household crowding on crime rates, this study examined such effects in the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) and counties of the United States.
Abstract: Data were obtained from U.S. Census compilations that included Uniform Crime Report categories of violent crimes and property crimes and separate figures for five index crimes (robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft). The analysis examined household crowding's independent association with SMSA and county crime rates. Results demonstrated household crowding was independently related to crime in 13 of 14 aggregate crime combinations. The only exception to this pattern was for larceny at the county level. The author recommends future research investigate the effects of household crowding on crime rates in neighborhoods and other aggregates smaller than those in the current study. Appendixes contain correlation matrixes for predictor variables for SMSAs and counties. 60 references and 6 tables
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Aggravated assault; Burglary; Crime rate studies; Criminal justice research; Larceny/Theft; Motor Vehicle Theft; Property crimes; Robbery; Standard metropolitan statistic area; United States of America; Violent crimes
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