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Changing Contexts of Crime: An Examination of the Effects of Rapid Community Expansion on Neighborhood Crime

Authors: Kristin Santos*, , Tammy Parece, Colorado Mesa University
Topics: Land Use, Development
Keywords: Community Expansion, Social Disorganization Theory, Crime
Session Type: Paper
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The city of Grand Junction, and Colorado Mesa University, have been experiencing rapid expansion and development over the last 15 years. With this rapid growth, there has been a change in the type, distribution, and location of crime within the city and on campus. This paper presents a spatial analysis reviewing these changes brought on by expansion and development. Social Disorganization Theory is examined in relation to the original patterns. As the city and campus have undergone development, we examine changes in the geographic patterning to see if Social Disorganization Theory is still present in the newer city and campus structure.

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