Spatial distribution of type I felonies in Puerto Rican suburban corridors before and after Hurricane Maria and Irma

Authors: Yahaira Sanchez*, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability
Keywords: Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Irma, crime, felony, Puerto Rico, suburban, neighborhood, police
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Galerie 6, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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September 20th, 2017 marked a crucial chapter in Puerto Rico. Since then, the country has experimented a period of lack of resources. Today the habitats face a post-hurricane environment that has generated violence in many sectors of society. It is for this matter, that this project presents a quantitative study that analyzes crime based on specific parameters: type I felonies. By focusing on two different time phases, and a geographically area of transition, PR-199 represents a lineal corridor that combines access controlled neighborhoods, rural communities and fast highways. Using tools such as a map from a police station, statistics from the Institute of Statistics of Puerto Rico, and Geographic Information System, the changes before and after post hurricane Maria and Irma are revealed. The results of this research are expected to demonstrate a higher crime incidence in the sub-urban corridors after Hurricane Maria and Irma.

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