Crime dynamics at Lithuanian borders
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 4, no 2, 131-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article compares levels and patterns of offences in different parts of Lithuaniawith the aim of assessing whether border regions are more susceptible to crimethan the rest of the country. The article focuses on identifying and explainingthese patterns for selected categories of offences while taking account ofcontextual factors. Spatial statistical techniques and Geographic InformationSystems underpin the methodology employed. Findings suggest that there arevariations in the level and geography of offences between border regions and therest of the country. Despite the fact that the highest average increases in recordedcriminal offences were found in two border regions, non-border regions had ahigher average increase in the 1990s. This partially explains why, out of the sixselected offences, only assault shows an increase owing to the ‘border effect’. Theproportion of the population living in urban areas is by far the most importantcovariate in explaining the regional variations in offence ratios.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2007. Vol. 4, no 2, 131-160 p.
Geographic Information System / Offence Patterns / Spatial Modelling / Transition Countries.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61332DOI: 10.1177/1477370807074845ScopusID: 2-s2.0-34247338142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-61332DiVA: diva2:478922
ProjectsStates in transition and their geography of crime
QC 201201262012-01-172012-01-172012-01-26Bibliographically approved