Community and Campus Crime: A Geospatial Examination of the Clery Act

Matt R. Nobles, Kathleen Talbot, David N. Khey, Alan J. Lizotte

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Abstract

Despite the provisions of the Clery Act, which requires institutional reporting of crime on college campuses, patterns of campus crime have received surprisingly little research attention to date. Furthermore, few studies have described the extent to which college students engage in criminal behaviors. This study examines the criminality of students and nonstudents on the campus of a large southeastern university. To assess the effectiveness of the Clery Act, the data were mapped to identify geospatial patterns of offending on and off campus. Results illustrate important patterns of crime both on and off campus, involving both students and nonstudents. Also, multivariate analyses suggest that several factors are consistently predictive of on-campus and student arrests. Policy implications and suggestions for future research based on these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1131-1156
Number of pages26
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume59
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

Keywords

  • college Clery Act
  • community crime
  • spatial analysis
  • student crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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