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Reconceptualising risky facilities: exploring identification, patterns and features using a mixed-methods approach

Flynn, Melanie; (2018) Reconceptualising risky facilities: exploring identification, patterns and features using a mixed-methods approach. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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This research concerns the spatial concentration of crimes at the micro-level, with a particular focus on the concept of risky facilities. This is done through an exploration and reconceptualization of crime associated with facilities and attributable to specific premises, or addresses. I utilise a mixed-methods approach that draws heavily on quantitative, secondary analysis of police recorded crime data, but also makes use of interviews with serving police officers, annotated maps and observations that are analysed qualitatively. Mixed methods research is underused in this field of study, thus this provides an additional, methodological contribution. The research aims to fill a gap that was formed after the initial conceptualisation of risky facilities and the subsequent research that has tended to focus on how to explain the existence of these ‘problematic’ premises and, therefore, what to do about them. Thus the research is predicated on my contention that the concept of risky facilities has not been sufficiently empirically tested, nor defined. As such, the broad original contribution of this research is that it provides an empirical and conceptual exploration of the existence, nature and definition of risky facilities. The aims of the study, therefore, are to consider whether crime concentrates in facilities, and how; to consider how this concentration manifests and can be identified; to explore key features associated with risky facilities; to critically discuss the concept of facility concentrations and consider the appropriateness of definitions and terminology within this field; to add to, and where necessary challenge, existing knowledge and its application in the field of spatial crime concentrations, particularly with respect to crime in facilities; and to make recommendations for policy, practice and further academic research.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Reconceptualising risky facilities: exploring identification, patterns and features using a mixed-methods approach
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053296
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