Putting Crime in its Place

Units of Analysis in Geographic Criminology

  • David Weisburd
  • Wim Bernasco
  • Gerben J.N. Bruinsma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. What Is the Appropriate Level of Investigation of Crime at Place? Theoretical and Methodological Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Patricia L. Brantingham, Paul J. Brantingham, Mona Vajihollahi, Kathryn Wuschke
      Pages 87-107
    3. George F. Rengert, Brian Lockwood
      Pages 109-122
    4. Michael D. Maltz
      Pages 123-142
  4. Empirical Examples of Crime Place Studies: What Can We Learn?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. George E. Tita, Robert T. Greenbaum
      Pages 145-170
    3. Shane D. Johnson, Kate J. Bowers, Dan J. Birks, Ken Pease
      Pages 171-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-254

About this book


Putting Crime in its Place: Units of Analysis in Geographic Criminology focuses on the units of analysis used in geographic criminology. While crime and place studies have been a part of criminology from the early 19th century, growing interest in crime places over the last two decades demands critical reflection on the units of analysis that should form the focus of geographic analysis of crime. Should the focus be on very small units such as street addresses or street segments, or on larger aggregates such as census tracts or communities? Academic researchers, as well as practical crime analysts, are confronted routinely with the dilemma of deciding what the unit of analysis should be when reporting on trends in crime, when identifying crime hot spots or when mapping crime in cities. In place-based crime prevention, the choice of the level of aggregation plays a particularly critical role. This peer reviewed collection of essays aims to contribute to crime and place studies by making explicit the problems involved in choosing units of analysis in geographic criminology. Written by renowned experts in the field, the chapters in this book address basic academic questions, and also provide real-life examples and applications of how they are resolved in cutting-edge research. Crime analysts in police and law enforcement agencies as well as academic researchers studying the spatial distributions of crime and victimization will learn from the discussions and tools presented.


Crime Crime Analysis Crime Prevention Criminology Violence computational criminology crime diffusion crime mapping crime pattern theory ecology of crime environmental criminology geographic criminology geography of crime near repeat victimization police

Editors and affiliations

  • David Weisburd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wim Bernasco
    • 3
  • Gerben J.N. Bruinsma
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Administration of JusticeGeorge Mason UniversityManassasUSA
  3. 3.Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) LeidenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of CriminologyLeiden UniversityThe Netherlands

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