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NCJ Number: 228404 Find in a Library
Title: Dynamics of Crime Regimes
Journal: Criminology  Volume:47  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:971-1008
Author(s): Richard Berk; John MacDonald
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Grant Number: SES-0437169
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article introduces the concept of a crime regime and provides data analysis tools to characterize how crime regimes can change over time.
Abstract: Crimes come bundled with a number of attributes. The mix of these attributes can change over time and space. This article suggests that the concept of a crime regime can provide some theoretical leverage for these matters, especially when combined with ways to think about how the bundle of attributes can change. Key tools include the use of principal components analysis to determine the dimensions of crime regimes, special scatter plots that help reveal the role of time, summary statistics to quantify crime regime patterns, and permutation procedures to examine the role of chance. These tools were used to analyze crime patterns for the city of Los Angeles during an 8-year period, focusing on the number of violent crimes over time and their potential lethality. Figures and references
Main Term(s): Crime analysis
Index Term(s): Crime measurement; Crime patterns; Crime typologies; Testing and measurement
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