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Geography and Crime

The relationship between geography and crime is a well-documented one, extending as far back as the 1920s, since the advent of the ecological school of thought that focused on the spatial distributions of crime. However, from an ecological perspective, most of the concern about criminal activities occurs in relation to neighborhoods. As such, the geography of a neighborhood plays a crucial role in shaping the specific dynamics of crime.

What Is a Neighborhood? It Is an Issue of Perspective

Neighborhoods are commonly seen as an area where persons reside, work, conduct day-to-day business, or have recreational activities. Nevertheless, the definition of a neighborhood relies heavily on the individual perspective. Although the terms community and neighborhood have been used interchangeably, they are separate concepts. In fact, communities tend ...

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