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Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime: Findings From Seattle
(NCJ 231575) October 2011
Bulletin, 16 page(s)
David L. Weisburd, Elizabeth Groff, and Nancy Morris
Presents the findings of a study that mapped the location of all juvenile crime incidents (incidents in a juvenile was arrested) in Seattle between 1989 and 2002 to determine the distribution of juvenile crime and identify hot spots of juvenile crime. The study found that juvenile crime incidents were highly concentrated geographically: One-half of all juvenile crime incidents occurred in less than 1 percent of street segments (addresses on both sides of a street between intersections), and all juvenile crime incidents occurred in less than 5 percent of street segments. The study further found that juvenile crime tended to occur in public and commercial where youth congregate—schools, community centers, and shops, malls, and restaurants—rather than in residential areas. Because crime rates vary from one street segment to the next, concentrating enforcement on hot spots of crime can reduce crime. In addition, additional supervision of areas where youth congregate, in the form of place managers or patrols, may help lower juvenile crime rates.