Crime and Safety in Keene, New Hampshire: A Geographic Analysis

Authors: Brendan Jones*, , Brian Chrimes*, Keene State College, Timothy Peterson*, Keene State College
Topics: Regional Geography, Behavioral Geography
Keywords: Crime, Spatial Analysis, Crime Perception,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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This study provides a geographic and temporal analysis of crime patterns within the City of Keene, New Hampshire. Data provided by the Keene Police Department are mapped to display the geographic distribution of crime in the city. These maps and the statistical crime trends, are then compared to residents’ perceptions of crime. A survey of more than 200 individuals who work or reside in Keene affords comparison between the perception of crime in Keene and the reality. Results reveal that although violent and property crime rates have been decreasing in recent years, people perceive the opposite. Data were further analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), Microsoft Excel, and ArcGIS mapping software. The resultant maps reveal areas perceived to be least safe by residents of Keene. Additional results indicate that people of college age, those between 18-24 years, constitutes the age group that feels least safe.

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