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Tracking social life and crime
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5302-1698
University of Cambridge. (Institute of Criminology)
2012 (English)In: The urban fabric of crime and fear / [ed] Vania Ceccato, Springer Netherlands, 2012, 165-190 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

An individual’s decision to commit a crime is influenced, among other things, by his/her whereabouts over time and space. In this article, we suggest the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), combined with space-time budget techniques, to visualise and track individuals’ daily activities patterns. We first test several GIS-based visualisation techniques for handling spatial and temporal dimensions of activity patterns using a dataset of adolescents in Peterborough, UK. Later, we show how these spatial methods can support the creation of measures of environmental exposure that may help predict group level offending. Findings indicate that visualisation techniques are effective tools for exploratory analysis of how individuals differ in their patterns of activity across the city. Results also show that tracking groups of individuals by using measures of environmental exposure, in combination with individual characteristics and settings, can help explain differences in their levels of offending.

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Springer Netherlands, 2012. 165-190 p.
, Social sciences
Keyword [en]
individual movement patterns, crime, GIS, PADS
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-61641ISBN: 978-94-007-4209-3OAI: diva2:479475

QC 20130204

Available from: 2012-01-17 Created: 2012-01-17 Last updated: 2013-02-04Bibliographically approved

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