Call for Papers: Exploring Methods in Crime and Safety Analysis

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Environmental criminology focuses on understanding how the physical and social environments affect crime occurrence. Methods dealing with space and time are essential for environmental criminology because they enhance the field's ability to understand, predict, and prevent criminal behaviour, enabling proactive law enforcement strategies. Research has also shown that these methods can help law enforcement agencies, urban planners, and policymakers make informed decisions that contribute to safer and more secure communities. 

In this special issue papers that illustrate state-of-the-art research on the application of spatial and temporal-based methods to crime and safety analysis are welcomed. The word ‘spatial’ is loosely defined to incorporate methods dealing with features of the physical environment but may also include large units of territories such as administrative zones, municipalities, or country states. The temporal scale also varies, from minutes in an individual’s daily routine activity to a yearly scale in international crime surveys.

Papers considering methodological challenges when using these methods, including data availability, resolution limitations, and potential privacy concerns, to just name a few, are highly welcomed.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2023

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