New Transit Systems and Crime Generator Development

Christopher M. Sedelmaier, Rutgers University

ABSTRACT
Past research suggests that transit stops may serve as crime generators, particularly regarding violent crimes such as robbery and assault. However, most of the existing research examines transit systems long entrenched in their service area -- and within the awareness space of offenders. Recently, a new light rail system began operation in northeastern New Jersey. What impact has this system had on local crime patterns? How long does it take for a crime generator to develop? Toward answering these questions, this paper will examine crime patterns in the areas near this rail system, pre- and post-system inception using GIS analysis. Further development of this project will also be discussed.

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