Israeli professor reduces crime
In later research on Tel Aviv, Weisburd, together with his graduate student Shai Amram, demonstrated that crime in that city is similarly concentrated. Just five percent of Tel Aviv’s street segments produce 50 percent of the crime, with only about one percent of street segments producing about 25 percent of the crime. The same kind of data exists in other cities, says Weisburd.
The general study of crime has focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why specific communities have higher crime levels than others, but Weisburd and his research associates present a new and different way of looking at the crime problem by examining why specific streets in a city have specific crime trends over time.
In Tel Aviv, as in Seattle, crime hot spots are not concentrated in a single neighborhood, and that street-by-street variability is tremendous, he says.
Weisburd says that in cities across the world, hot spots policing is beginning to be implemented. In 2011, the Israeli National Police began a hot spots policing program to deal with disorder calls to the police across the nation’s police stations.
By Viva Sarah Press