Concentrations of Crime Opportunities

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:
Concentrations of Crime Opportunities

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This chapter examines the distribution of routine activities and crime opportunities at street segments. Examination of the concentration and variability of opportunity factors at street segments in Seattle provides initial confirmation of the assumption in opportunity theories that factors that provide opportunities for crime are concentrated at specific places, and that concentration is at a very low geographic level. Motivated offenders (operationalized as high-risk juveniles) are concentrated on individual segments and the evidence shows significant variability from street segment to street segment. Examination of the concentration and geographic variability of suitable targets, as measured by employment, public facilities, residential population, and business sales, tells a similar story of strong concentration in hot spots, yet variability at the street segment level.

Keywords: crime; street segments; opportunity factors; motivated offenders

Chapter.  8459 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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