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Public parks and crimes of property: Get out there and enjoy the sunshine, lock your cars and hide your bike

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(Thesis) M.A.
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There is greater cause now for cities to promote for themselves the wider distribution of greenspaces across the length and width of their urbanized areas. These, apart from their offering practical solutions to environmental problems, render quality services to nearby human populations, too. Greenspaces are not, however, well-received in all quarters, and a particular category of greenspace, the public park, is regularly lamented for its unfortunate habit of concentrating crime. Generally speaking, this has been found true of parks, but specifically speaking, there has been little done that could corroborate for the many, particular parks in the city the impression made by general results. This study explores where and when parks are not generative of crime and finds that after accounting for the unique socio-economic and demographic circumstances of different city areas only very few parks, and all of a particular category, are connected with higher rates of property crime.
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Thesis advisor: Andresen, Martin
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