Hot Spots of Predatory Crime: Routine Activities and the Criminology of Place

@article{Sherman1989HotSO,
  title={Hot Spots of Predatory Crime: Routine Activities and the Criminology of Place},
  author={L. Sherman and Patrick R. Gartin and M. E. Buerger},
  journal={Criminology},
  year={1989},
  volume={27},
  pages={27-56}
}
A leading sociological theory of crime is the “routine activities” approach (Cohen and Felson, 1979). The premise of this ecological theory is that criminal events result from likely offenders, suitable targets, and the absence of capable guardians against crime converging nonrandomly in time and space. Yet prior research has been unable to employ spatial data, relying instead on individual- and household-level data, to test that basic premise. This analysis supports the premise with spatial… Expand
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