Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 247–258

Crime and arrests: An autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) approach

  • Mitchell B. Chamlin

DOI: 10.1007/BF01072452

Cite this article as:
Chamlin, M.B. J Quant Criminol (1988) 4: 247. doi:10.1007/BF01072452


Various theoretical perspectives suggest that marginal changes in the quantity of crime and arrests are related to one another. Unfortunately, they provide little guidance as to the amount of time that is required for these effects to be realized. In this paper, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) time-series modeling techniques, which necessitate making minima! assumptions concerning the lag structure one expects to find, are utilized to examine the crime-arrest relationship. The bivariate ARIMA analyses of monthly crime and arrest data for Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma, for robbery, burglary, larceny, and auto theft reveal little evidence of a lagged crime-arrest relationship.

Key words

autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA)deterrenceincapacitationcrime control

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mitchell B. Chamlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of OklahomaNorman