Repeatable and Emergent Forms: Searching for Crime Spaces and Crime Places

Leslie W. Kennedy, Rutgers University
Erika Poulsen, Rutgers University

We can approach the analysis of crime mapping by examining the aplication of pattern analysis to criminological analysis. In the discussion of these patterns, we recognize that there have been two trends of analysis that have been pursued. One has been to look at the clustering of crime using density models, identifying hot spots as spaces in which opportunity for crime coincides with the actions of motivated offenders The second examines how areas change to become places where crime is more likely to occur. These changes are iterative and emergent. In the identification of crime places, we account for not only the crime behavior but also the change in social context that occurs both to stimulate and encourage crime.

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