Pizza, Robbery and Race: A Crime-Mapping Analysis of Robbery and Pizza Delivery Redlining

William Ruefle, University of South Florida
K. Michael Reynolds, University of Central Florida

This paper reports findings from an exploratory, place specific study of the relationship between the geographic and temporal patterns of robbery and pizza delivery reclining practices. Nine years of robbery data (1994-2002) from Tarpon Springs, Florida wer mapped according to location and time of day. The resulting patterns of robbery were then compared to racial housing patterns and the no-pizza delivery area of the Tarpon Springs to determine if pizza delivery redlining is justified by risk of robbery or is an unjustified race-based exclusion from services. Implications are discussed from routine activities theory, public policy and business practices perspectives.

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