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The Criminology of Place: Street Segments and Our Understanding of the Crime Problem

David Weisburd, Elizabeth R. Groff, and Sue-Ming Yang


The study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others. This book presents a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have specific crime trends over time. Based on a sixteen-year longitudinal study of crime in Seattle, Washington, the book focuses our attention on small units of geographic analysis-micro communities, defined as street segments. Half of all Seattle crime each year occurs on just 5–6% of the city's street segments, yet these crime hot ... More

Keywords: crime, crime levels, communities, city, crime trends, Seattle, street segments, crime hot spots, study of crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Weisburd, author
Hebrew University Faculty of Law and University of Maryland, College Park

Elizabeth R. Groff, author
Temple University

Sue-Ming Yang, author
Georgia State University