Accounting for Spatial Relationships in Studies of Crime: An Example From Tucson, Arizona

Meagan Cahill, University of Arizona

The geographic context of crime must be better understood if research is to effectively inform crime prevention policy. Consequently, this research considers how the geographies of different crimes intersect with the geographies of social, economic, and demographic characteristics in urban places. Social disorganization and routine activity theories inform the project, guiding data collection and methodology. This research focuses on Tucson, AZ and analyses take place at the census block group level. The first stage of the project determines the degree to which urban neighborhoods specialize in crime, ascertaining whether certain types and combinations of crimes cluster together spatially. The techniques used to determine specialization include

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