Understanding Developmental Patterns of Crime at Street Segments

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:
Understanding Developmental Patterns of Crime at Street Segments

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This chapter explores the basic relationships between the developmental patterns of crime described in Chapter 3 and social disorganization and opportunity variables identified in Chapters 5 and 6. It begins by developing an overall model of factors that influence developmental trends of crime at place. This model allows us to compare and contrast the importance of social disorganization and opportunity theories for understanding crime at place. The chapter then examines what characteristics of places distinguish hot spots of crime from places with little or no crime, or places that experience “crime waves” from “crime drops”.

Keywords: crime; social organization; criminology of place; hot spots

Chapter.  8383 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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