Social & Environmental Determinants of Urban Crime: residential burglaries in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Authors: Rafael Ramos*, University of California - Santa Barbara
Topics: Urban Geography, Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Latin America
Keywords: geography of crime; urban geography; crime mapping; spatial analysis
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Wilson B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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There is still much debate over the role of social and environmental variables in explaining the geographical distribution of urban crime. A diversity of theoretical frameworks have been proposed, not rarely pointing to opposing conclusions (e.g. "wealth attracts crime" versus "poverty attracts crime"); moreover, these proposed links, however contrasting, are usually supported by some degree of statistical significance. In this paper, different theoretical frameworks from Spatial Criminology are compared and tested against observed distribution residential burglaries in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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