Space and Gang Crime: Modeling Social Processes in the Spatial Autocorrelation Matrix

Symposium: Using GIS and Spatial Analysis To Better Understand Patterns and Causes of Violence

AAAS Annual Meeting, 22 February 2010

George E. Tita

“Criminologist often implicate urban street gangs as agents of contagion by which crime spreads throughout a geographic region. However, prior studies of the spatial distribution of crime have not explicitly modeled the social networks along with the geography of the gangs (i.e., “turf). by including the “socio-spatial” dimensions of gangs, this study is able to demonstrate that gangs are responsible for the diffusion/distribution of crime in Hollenbeck Policing Area of the City of Los Angeles.”