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Expressive crimes in post-socialist states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
2008 (English)In: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, ISSN 1404-3858, Vol. 9, no 1, 2-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents trends inexpressive crimes in Estonia,Latvia, and Lithuania from1993 to 2000 and examines howdemographic, socio-economic,land use, and institutional factorsrelate to their geography in2000. Geographical InformationSystem (GIS) and spatial regressionmodels are employed in thestudy, which make use of countryregions as the unit of analysis.Issues concerning crime dataavailability and quality are discussed.While police official statisticsshow a significant rise inrates of expressive crime in theBaltic countries during the 1990s(with the exception of homicide),victimization crime surveys indicatethat there have been nosignificant changes in crimelevels and composition. Resultsalso show that indicators ofregions’ social structure, suchas divorce rate, more stronglypredict the variation of 2000’sexpressive crime ratios thanother indicators, such as landuse and economic covariates.Most of these covariates functionin ways which are predicted byWestern literature on crime geography.

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Routledge, 2008. Vol. 9, no 1, 2-30 p.
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Assault, Crime geography, GIS, Homicide, Postsocialist countries, Regression models, Trends, Vandalism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61311DOI: 10.1080/14043850701610428ScopusID: 2-s2.0-42949139765OAI: diva2:478912
States in transition and their geography of crime
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
QC 20120126Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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