Spatial Temporal Patterns of Street Robbery in Chicago 1991-1999

Richard L. Block, Loyola University of Chicago

In Chicago, the spatial distribution of street crime has changed over time. Neighborhoods that were plagued with street robberies in the early 1990's have become relatively crime free later in the decade. Places that were free of crime have suffered increases. This presentation depicts the nature of these changes in police reported street robberies in Chicago from 1991 thru 1999 and the micro-environments in which they occur. The presentation will go beyond "hot spots" and will consider block by block variation in patterns of rime. Methods of describing overall crime patterns and changes in these patterns will be discussed. A geo-archive of census and community information is used to describe street robberies micro environment.

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