Impact of tourism on the level of crime in the Polish coastal zone

Authors: Natalia Sypion Dutkowska*, University of Szczecin
Topics: Tourism Geography, Social Geography, Coastal and Marine
Keywords: crime, tourism, Baltic Sea coast
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM
Room: Wilson B, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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The paper presents preliminary results of empirical studies verifying the hypothesis that tourist traffic is conducive to committing crimes, mainly due to the concentration of objects and people attracting potential criminals, the anonymity of the tourist community and the specific atmosphere of free time spent outside the home. Because the Polish coastal zone (delimited initially as a set of 14 poviats and 5 cities with poviat rights with direct access to sea waters - due to the scope of statistical data on crime) is characterized by a strong concentration of natural values, tourist attractions, land use, and tourism traffic, it should also show a higher level of crime. Few existing local and nationwide empirical studies confirm this hypothesis. By means of geostatistical methods and methods of association, the connections between various forms of tourism development and movement as well as crime in total and their types will be examined.

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