Journal Article

Spatial Patterns in the 2011 London Riots

Peter Baudains, Alex Braithwaite and Shane D. Johnson

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 21-31
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online October 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Spatial Patterns in the 2011 London Riots

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Riots broke out in London on 6th August 2011. Many narratives of the riots describe them as having subsequently intensified within and spread across various parts of the city during the following 4 days and nights before finally petering out. This article addresses two important empirical puzzles stemming from the riots. First, we ask whether the riot events did indeed display distinct spatial patterns and, if so, whether these events spread between locations. Second, we discuss how knowledge of the spatial distribution of these events could influence future analytical research on the topic and how, in turn, this work could inform crime reduction strategies for events of this type.

Journal Article.  5199 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Policing

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