An Analysis Of The Correlation Between Population And Crime Rates
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Rémi Boivin is an associate professor of criminology at the University of Montreal. His research focuses on several aspects of crime and police response. First, some of my work aims to understand where, when and how criminal offenses occur. At the same time, he is interested in planning and evaluating interventions aimed at the prevention and suppression of crime.

                       

An Analysis Of The Correlation Between Population And Crime Rates

Social scientists have tried to explain geographic concentrations of crime for more than a century. Two macro-sociological explanations are often investigated. First, social disorganization theory suggests that some ecological factors, such as social deprivation and residential mobility, lead to a lack of collective efficacy, which in turn leads to crime. The theory is “one-sided” — the presence of some community factors decreases collective efficacy, and that increases community crime. Second, routine activity theory states that crime is more frequent where...

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