The influence of weather on local geographical patterns of police calls for service

Brunsdon, C, Corcoran, J, Higgs, G and Ware, A (2009) The influence of weather on local geographical patterns of police calls for service. Environment And Planning B-Planning & Design, 36 5: 906-926. doi:10.1068/b32133

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Author Brunsdon, C
Corcoran, J
Higgs, G
Ware, A
Title The influence of weather on local geographical patterns of police calls for service
Journal name Environment And Planning B-Planning & Design   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0265-8135
Publication date 2009-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1068/b32133
Volume 36
Issue 5
Start page 906
End page 926
Total pages 20
Editor Mike Batty
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pion Ltd
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
1604 Human Geography
Abstract The effect of weather elements on the incidence of different types of crime has been the focus of a number of research studies. However, the detailed geographical dimension of this relationship has been largely ignored. The aim of this paper is to broaden the research on weather and crime to consider the effect of weather parameters on the spatial arrangement of crime within an urban area of the UK. A novel combination of techniques that are capable of both evaluating statistically and visualising geographically the effect of weather variables on the incidence of one type of crime, namely calls for police service for disorder or disturbances, is presented. These techniques are examined in relation to the theories that have traditionally been put forward to explain such tends. We conclude that, in our study area, both temperature and humidity exert significant effects on the spatial patterning of incidents of disorder or disturbances. Rainfall, wind speed and wind direction were found not to have a significant effect for this type of call for servce. More research is needed to see how transferable these findings are to other geographical areas with different climatic regimes.
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