This quarterly newsletter is designed to assist "police practitioners" in understanding the potential effect of geography on criminal activity. The publication generally addresses four different areas on this topic: "practice", which looks at "crime mapping and problem analysis"; "policy", which discusses policy on the "use of mapping to better understand crime"; "technical tips", which assist police with "specific spatial analysis tasks"; and "news briefs", which includes events, conferences, and training. "Issue III of Geography and Public Safety examines how the nationwide home foreclosure crisis has affected crime, police practice, and public policy. Articles show that geographic information systems can assess how foreclosures influence crime trends and improve city cleanup of graffiti and blight. Additionally, the issue describes the tenets of the broken windows policing theory, and how this theory explains why police and public planners must react quickly, before crime has a chance to escalate." Articles include the following: "Foreclosures and Crime: A Geographical Perspective" by Ronald E. Wilson and Derek J. Paulsen; "Assessing the Impact of Home Foreclosures in Charlotte Neighborhoods" by Michael Bess; Using Maps of Home Foreclosures to Understand National and Local Problems" by Erin Dalton, Robert Gradeck, and Anthony Mercaldo; "Breaking New Windows--Examining the Subprime Mortgage Crisis Using the Broken Windows Theory" by Louis Tuthill; "The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership--Creating Positive Change for Depressed Neighborhoods" by Timothy Brown; "Using Geographic Information Systems to Support Broken Windows Policing" by Philip Mielke; and "A New Model for Institutionalizing Problem Analysis in Police Agencies" by Rachel Boba and Nicole J. Scalisi.
Geography and Public Safety (October 2008), v.1 no.3
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