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The Spatial Concentration and Dispersion of Homicide during a Period of Homicide Increase in Brazil

Chainey, SP; Gomes de Almeida, FE; (2021) The Spatial Concentration and Dispersion of Homicide during a Period of Homicide Increase in Brazil. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information , 10 (8) , Article 529. 10.3390/ijgi10080529. Green open access

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Abstract

This study applies the principles of measuring micro-place crime concentration and the spatial dispersion of crime increase to the geographic unit of cities in Brazil. We identify that a small number of cities account for a large cumulative proportion of homicides, and that during a period of homicide increase 30 cities out of 5570 accounted for the equivalent national increase in homicides. The majority of the 30 cities were not established high homicide cities but instead were new emerging centers of homicide that neighbor high homicide cities. We suggest the findings can be used to better target effective programs for decreasing homicides.

Type: Article
Title: The Spatial Concentration and Dispersion of Homicide during a Period of Homicide Increase in Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/ijgi10080529
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10080529
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 MDPI. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: spatial crime concentration; homicide; Brazil; Latin America; neighboring cities
UCL classification: UCL
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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/10132753
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