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Translating ''Near Repeat'' Theory into a Geospatial Police Strategy: A Randomized Experiment testing a Theoretically-Informed Strategy for Preventing Residential Burglary

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $397,344)

This project aims to evaluate police agencies' use of near repeat findings in order to minimize the risk and/or reduce crime incidents within the limited distance and time parameters specified by the near repeat calculator. The proposed work uses a randomized controlled trial to test whether quickly notifying community residents that they are at an increased risk for a burglary and providing them with burglary prevention tips reduces incidents of further burglary in the high risk time period. They propose to integrate the information from the near repeat calculator into a geospatial processing tool that will identify originator events and report the street hundred blocks at highest risk of near repeat burglaries. Results of the randomized experiment will indicate if there is support that using the near repeat calculations in conjunction with geospatial policing strategies has an effect on the risk of crime and/or reduces crime incidents. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 12, 2012