Crime Hot Spots: Joining theory and practice through computational and mathematical modeling

Patricia Brantingham
Simon Fraser University

The analysis of crime is entering a new age where there is great potential for the use of mathematical and computational modeling of issues of concern and interest to policing and to the study of crime patterns. This IPAM program brings together professional members of law enforcement with scholars in university with a strong interest in analyzing crime patterns within physical and social context. This is an introductory presentation for the week long meeting designed to provide a common base for police, criminologists, mathematicians, statisticians and other academic specialists to discuss and explore ways that their unique skills can be brought together to form a basis for advanced and innovative modeling of crime patterns. Space, place, time and the dynamic changes to our living environment shape the backcloth of criminal activity. Motivation and opportunities vary for individuals and for groups who commit crime from the occasional to frequent offenders. Computational and mathematical models provide a way to explore how crime patterns are formed and how they change.

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