13Sep 2016

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 […]

19Aug 2016

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 […]

17Jul 2016

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 […]

20May 2016

Are we winning the battle against violence in U.S. hospitals?  The IAHSS-Foundation’s 2016 Healthcare Crime Survey, published in May, seems to indicate that we may be on the right path.  From 2012 to 2014, the recent Healthcare Crime Survey observed a steady increase in the frequency of violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault), […]