Original Paper

Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 139-152

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Temporal Distributions of Crime and Disorder in Casino and Non-Casino Zones

  • Emmanuel BartheAffiliated withDepartment of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada Email author 
  • , B. Grant StittAffiliated withDepartment of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada

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Research on the relationship between casinos and crime has yielded mixed conclusions. Some authors argue that casinos are crime attractors and provide fertile grounds for disorder in the surrounding communities. Others claim that the impact of casinos on the crime problem has been over-stated and that casinos in themselves are not crime generators. Relying on calls for service and incidents known to the police, this research reveals the specific spatial and temporal characteristics of all criminal and disorderly behaviors around casino venues.


Casino crime Spatial crime Temporal crime Disorder Hotspots