Geographical information systems and crime mapping: a spatial analysis tool to investigate graffiti in Carson

Manser, Joanna (2008) Geographical information systems and crime mapping: a spatial analysis tool to investigate graffiti in Carson. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Crime mapping and the spatial analysis of crime data are recognised as powerful tools for the study and control of crime. This dissertation explores crime mapping, with particular reference to geographical information systems (GIS), in the investigation of graffiti in Carson, California, USA. Furthermore, this dissertation critically investigates the theoretical perspectives linked to both crime mapping and graffiti and draws upon an analysis of 121 cases of graffiti which took place from the 1st of January 2008 to the 1st of March 2008. Utilising the Graffiti Analysis Intelligence Tracking System (GAITS), this study analysed four categories of graffiti data: area, date, gangs and type and produced original results which both support and disprove theories linked to the two criminological aspects of crime mapping and graffiti. The research illustrates several hotspot areas of graffiti within the city of Carson in addition to the identification of recurrent gangs and the most common type of graffiti. These results are discussed in relation to the theories and general crime mapping literature explored within this dissertation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/509

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