Security Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 123–137 | Cite as

The Journey to Crime: Victims and Offenders Converge in Violent Index Offences in Chicago

  • Richard Block
  • Aneta Galary
  • Darryl Brice


In Chicago, most non-lethal violence occurs close to the home of the victim or offender. This research describes the distance between the home of the victim and offender and their meeting in a violent crime. Analysis includes all UCR Index criminal sexual assaults, robberies, and aggravated assaults recorded by the Chicago Police in 1998. Little evidence is found for a zone of reduced crime around the home address of the offender. Predatory violence was most likely to occur in neighbourhoods where many offenders resided. Women were much more likely to be attacked close to their and the offender's home than men. Distance, location, and neighbourhood reflected the routine activities of victims and offender as they converged in a violent incident.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Block
    • 1
  • Aneta Galary
    • 1
  • Darryl Brice
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyLoyola University Chicago, 6525 NChicago,U.S.A.
  2. 2.Sociology DepartmentHighline Community CollegeDes MoinesU.S.A.

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