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Property Crime and the Routine Activities of Individuals

NCJ Number
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Dated: (November 1989) Pages: 378-400
J L Massey; M D Krohn; L M Bonati
Date Published
23 pages
Using data from six neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia, the risk of property crime victimization is examined using a routine activities approach.
Indicators of the concepts of motivated offenders, suitable targets, and capable guardians are identified, and their individual and combined explanatory power are explored. The only variables that consistently relate to victimization in the hypothesized direction are housing type and neighborhood crime. The only guardianship measure that has the predicted effect on victimization is employment status. Limited support for the routine activities approach is provided by this analysis, but are also consistent with hypotheses derived from other theoretical perspectives on criminal victimizations. 4 tables, 3 notes, 29 references. (Author abstract modified)


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