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This volume shows how state-of-the-art geographic information systems (GIS), used to display patterns of crime to stimulate effective strategies and decision-making, are revolutionizing urban law enforcement. The contributors present expert information for understanding and successfully employing the latest technologies in this field.

Schools and Crime
Schools and crime
Dennis W.Roncek
Author's Note: All of the tables and figures to which this chapter refers can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.urbanresearch.org

This chapter examines the usefulness of analyzing crime patterns by city blocks with chloropleth maps and statistical analyses. Three objectives are pursued. The first is to understand the social and environmental characteristics of crime locations. This effort links crime to communities. Such analyses help identify the limitations for affecting crime without basic alterations in areas' social structure and physical characteristics. To the extent that characteristics such as the ethnic composition and socioeconomic status of urban neighborhoods are “real” causes of crime, the impact of police activity alone will be limited. This objective also includes identifying the effects ...

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