Publication Details

Title: Modelling the Spatial Distribution of Suburban Crime
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 1982
Published In: Economic Geography
Description: This paper examines the spatial distribution of crime among Chicago's suburbs by completing a spatial autocorrelation and regression analysis of crime occurrence rates. The results suggest that there is little interjurisdictional spillover of violent crime among the suburbs of Chicago. Rather, the clustered spatial pattern of crime and its decay with distance to the city of Chicago reflects the nonrandom spatial distribution of offender rates. The distribution of property crime exhibits neither spatial autocorrelation nor a relationship with distance to Chicago. Instead, it is closely associated with the location of retail and manufacturing activities. This suggests that the journey to property crime extends many miles and crosses suburban boundaries.
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Citation: Economic Geography. 58. Issue 3. 247 - 261. ISSN 0013-0095. DOI 10.2307/143513.
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