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Features of a landscape can influence and enable behavior. Consider a place where children repeatedly play. When we step back from our focus on the cluster of children, we might realize that located where they play exists swings, slides and open fields. These features of the place (i.e. suggestive of a playground) attract children there […]

When assessing the crime risk of a Place, it is important to distinguish violent crimes which pose a threat to the general users of a Place versus those that pose a threat to specific individuals. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (Department of Justice) defines two types of crime categories based on the relationship of the […]

I’m amazed that the media pays so much attention to violence in Chicago and ignores cities with more violence.  If you compare the violent crime rates for large U.S. cities, you’ll find that Chicago is not the most violent by any measure.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines violent crime as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated […]

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