Does it Matter Where Alcohol is Sold? Liquor Stores and Neighborhood Crime

Authors: Christopher Watson*,
Topics: Behavioral Geography, Business Geography, Location Theory
Keywords: substance use, GIS, alcohol, liquor stores, crime
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 4:00 PM / 5:40 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Liquor stores look and operate differently in the different municipalities where they are located. And in some neighborhoods, there are higher incidents of reported crime approximate to liquor stores than in other locations. Many researchers have looked into the correlation between crime and the presence of liquor stores. However, seldom have those researchers examined the activities that occur next to liquor stores prior to criminal activity to understand the connection between crime and liquor stores presence. The research gap extends to a limited understanding of the function of liquor stores and their operational aspects in poorer neighborhoods as compared with those in richer neighborhoods.
To better understand the function of liquor stores in different neighborhoods and the correlation between liquor stores and crime, this research addresses three questions. How do neighborhood conditions and characteristics differ between Newark, South Orange, and Maplewood? How does the function of Liquor Stores in these three municipalities differ? And what is the relationship between the presence and extent of violent crime in these municipalities?. The use of GIS mapping of liquor stores and violent crime two blocks from them, observations of activities next to liquor store, US Census demographic data, and interviews with customers and operators of liquor stores are the methods used in this research.
This presentation will focus on the finding of crime next to liquor stores in these three municipalities.

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