Do Bus Stops Increase Crime Opportunities?

Do Bus Stops Increase Crime Opportunities?
Sung-suk Violet Yu
April 2011

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-455-1 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xvi, 302 pages

Price   $80.00


Using the frameworks of routine activity, crime pattern and rational choice theories, Yu investigates the relationship between bus stops, businesses, and five offense types (robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, theft from motor vehicle, and burglary) in Newark, New Jersey. Several data analysis methods were used to examine the impact of bus stops and businesses on crime. Overall, both bus stops and commercial establishments were associated with increased crime. Among business types, the category of food store was always related to increased crime across offense types and regression methods.

About the Author

Sung-suk Violet Yu earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University—Newark after earning master’s degree at Simon Fraser University. Before joining John Jay College as Assistant Professor, she was Senior Research Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice. She utilizes ArcGIS, GeoDa, CrimeStat III, MS SQL, SPSS, and Stata in her research, focusing on crime prevention, corrections, and impacts of environments on spatial patterns of crime.