Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Using data obtained from three different sources, principles derived from routine activities theory are used to predict the distribution of minor property crimes in a medium-sized Canadian city during a 1-year period. Mischief and vandalism incidents recorded by the local police, transit department, and department of parks and recreation are aggregated by census enumeration area using mapping software, and analyzed in relation to three sets of predictors: (1) neighborhood demographic characteristics; (2) the proximity of shopping malls; and (3) the proximity of public and Catholic senior and junior high schools. Similar patterns observed for the three types of damage are examined in relation to the convergence of potential offenders, reduced guardianship, and increased opportunity as derived from routine activities theory.
Lagrange, Teresa C., "The Impact of Neighborhoods, Schools, and Malls on the Spatial Distribution of Property Damage" (1999). Sociology & Criminology Faculty Publications. 56.
Lagrange, T. C. (1999). The Impact of Neighborhoods, Schools, and Malls on the Spatial Distribution of Property Damage. Journal Of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 36(4), 393-422. doi:10.1177/0022427899036004003