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The Built Environment and Urban Crime Patterns: A spatial analysis of land use and property crime in Surrey, B.C.

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(Thesis) M.A.
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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.
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Thesis advisor: Andresen, Martin
Thesis advisor: Kinney, Bryan
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