The Importance of Street Segments in the Production of the Crime Problem

David Weisburd, Elizabeth R. Groff and Sue-Ming Yang

in The Criminology of Place

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195369083
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979110 | DOI:
The Importance of Street Segments in the Production of the Crime Problem

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This chapter asks whether and to what extent the use of the street segment as the unit of analysis adds important new information to the understanding of crime beyond more traditional units like neighborhoods or communities. In order to address this question, the chapter develops a number of different types of analyses of spatial patterns of crime trends at street segments in Seattle. It begins with a simple visual description of the geographic distribution of the data. It then examine whether the street segments of the same trajectory pattern tend to cluster together in larger areas. Finally, it explores whether street segments of different trajectory patterns are likely to be spatially attracted, independent, or repulsed one from another.

Keywords: crime; street segments; Seattle; place; crime trends

Chapter.  5250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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