Introduction: Crime Mapping and Crime Prevention

23 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2015

See all articles by David L. Weisburd

David L. Weisburd

Hebrew University of Jerusalem; George Mason University - The Department of Criminology, Law & Society; Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law

Tom McEwen

Institute for Law and Justice

Date Written: July 12, 2015

Abstract

Crime maps have only recently begun to emerge as a significant tool in crime and justice. Until a decade ago, few criminal justice agencies had any capability for creating crime maps, and few investigators had the resources or patience to examine the spatial distribution of crime. Today, however, crime mapping is experiencing what might be termed an explosion of interest among both scholars and practitioners. This introduction begins by examining some early examples of mapping of crime, focusing in particular on factors that inhibited the widespread integration of mapping into crime prevention research and practice in the past. It then turns to innovations in mapping technologies and crime prevention theory that have recently brought crime mapping to the center of trends in crime prevention. The final section introduces the contributions that follow and discusses how they illustrate the many uses of mapping in crime prevention. It examines the pitfalls and problems that researchers and practitioners are likely to encounter in developing and analyzing maps, and the potential advances in crime mapping we might expect in coming decades.

Keywords: crime maps, criminal justice, mapping, analyzing, crime

Suggested Citation

Weisburd, David L. and McEwen, Tom, Introduction: Crime Mapping and Crime Prevention (July 12, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2629850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2629850

David L. Weisburd (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, IL Jerusalem 91905
Israel

George Mason University - The Department of Criminology, Law & Society ( email )

4400 University Drive
MS 4F4
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Mount Scopus, IL 91905
Israel

Tom McEwen

Institute for Law and Justice ( email )

Alexandria, VA 22314
United States

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