Visualising space time patterns in crime: the hotspot plot

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Title Visualising space time patterns in crime: the hotspot plot
Author Townsley, Michael Kenneth
Journal Name Crime Patterns and Analysis
Editor Jeffery T. Walker
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United States
Publisher Department of Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas
Abstract Part of the interest in crime mapping may be due to the relevance of geography in explaining patterns of crime. There is, however, a danger in missing other patterns (temporal patterns most notably) if the spatial domain is given disproportionate focus. A number of recent academic studies have shown reliable and meaningful spatio-temporal patterns of crime; yet their representation remains rather abstract. This article proposes a systematic method of displaying crime hot spots. It combines temporal and spatial information in an effective manner that allows the viewer to intuitively: assess temporal profiles of individual hot spots at the micro and macro levels (i.e. day and year); compare the importance and temporal signature of different hot spots; and relate the results of the first two to baseline measures.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Crime Patterns and Analysis and the authors. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 1
Issue Number 1
Page from 61
Page to 74
ISSN 1947-0428
Date Accessioned 2009-08-14
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Law and Legal Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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