Brand, Heather Jean - "The Built Environment and Urban Crime Patterns: A spatial analysis of land use and property crime i...

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Term: 
Summer 2017
Degree: 
M.A.
Degree type: 
Thesis
Department: 
School of Criminology
Faculty: 
Arts & Social Sciences
Senior supervisor: 
Martin Andresen
Co-supervisor, if any: 
Bryan Kinney
Thesis title: 
"The Built Environment and Urban Crime Patterns: A spatial analysis of land use and property crime in Surrey, BC."
Given Names: 
Heather Jean
Surname: 
Brand
Abstract: 
As we grow our urban space, it is important to understand the influence of the built environment on criminal opportunity. Using a theoretical foundation that synthesizes routine activity theory and social disorganization theory, this study examines the spatial relationship between land use and property crime in a large metropolitan city. A series of spatial analyses were used to explore the geographic distribution of three types of property crime: residential break and enter, commercial break and enter, and theft of motor vehicle. Results found support not only for a spatial relationship between the built environment and property crime occurrences but also for the effect of the socio-economic variables of routine activity theory and social disorganization theory.
Keywords: 
spatial analysis; land use; property crime; routine activity theory; social disorganization theory
Total pages: 
90