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Crime Patterns in Time and Space: the Dynamics of Crime Opportunities in Urban Areas

Edited by Dr. Andrew Newton, Mr. Marcus Felson

This collection of papers seeks to round out our knowledge of how hotspots and crime patterns shift. This special issue contains papers that examine the dynamic nature of crime patterns, determining whether crime concentrations shift in the course of a day, from weekday to weekend, from school day to non-school day, or even across seasons.
Collection published: 28 April 2015

  1. Research

    The dynamics of robbery and violence hot spots

    This paper examines how hot spots shift by hour of day and day of week. Hot spot analysis is more likely to have a substantial impact on crime patterns if spatiotemporal shifts are incorporated into the crime...

    Christopher R. Herrmann

    Crime Science 2015 4:33

    Published on: 29 October 2015

  2. Research

    Daily crime flows within a city

    This paper uses transportation data to estimate how daily spatio-temporal shifts in population influence the distribution of crime over a city’s census tracts (CTs). A “funnel hypothesis” states that these dai...

    Marcus Felson and Rémi Boivin

    Crime Science 2015 4:31

    Published on: 20 October 2015

  3. Research

    A Spatio-temporal Analysis of Crime at Washington, DC Metro Rail: Stations’ Crime-generating and Crime-attracting Characteristics as Transportation Nodes and Places

    Transit stations are acknowledged as particularly criminogenic settings. Transit stations may serve as crime “generators,” breeding crime because they bring together large volumes of people at particular geogr...

    Yasemin Irvin-Erickson and Nancy La Vigne

    Crime Science 2015 4:14

    Published on: 16 July 2015

  4. Research

    Intra-week spatial-temporal patterns of crime

    Since its original publication, routine activity theory has proven most instructive for understanding temporal patterns in crime. The most prominent of the temporal crime patterns investigated is seasonality: ...

    Martin A Andresen and Nick Malleson

    Crime Science 2015 4:12

    Published on: 2 July 2015

  5. Research

    Spatio-temporal crime hotspots and the ambient population

    It is well known that, due to that inherent differences in their underlying causal mechanisms, different types of crime will have variable impacts on different groups of people. Furthermore, the locations of v...

    Nick Malleson and Martin A Andresen

    Crime Science 2015 4:10

    Published on: 24 May 2015

  6. Research

    Testing time-sensitive influences of weather on street robbery

    Although the relationship between weather and crime has been extensively investigated over the past century, little consensus has emerged on the directions of the relationships observed and the mechanisms thro...

    Lisa A Tompson and Kate J Bowers

    Crime Science 2015 4:8

    Published on: 28 April 2015