Neighbourhood structures and crime: the influence of tenure mix and other structural factors upon local crime rates

Livingston, M., Kearns, A. and Bannister, J. (2014) Neighbourhood structures and crime: the influence of tenure mix and other structural factors upon local crime rates. Housing Studies, 29(1), pp. 1-25. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2014.848267)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2014.848267

Abstract

Public policy in the UK has used housing tenure diversification to achieve social mix in deprived areas. Such ‘mixed communities’ are thought to be more cohesive and sustainable, with reduced crime and antisocial behaviour. However, the articulation of the link between tenure mix and crime is weak and the evidence unclear. Using geocoded crime data for Glasgow for 2001 and 2008 alongside neighbourhood structural data, including tenure mix, this paper examines the influence of neighbourhood structural factors upon annual crime rates as well as upon changing crime rates. Although crime rates are patterned by local tenure structures, the direct effects are not large. The strongest associations with local crime rates are for income deprivation levels and the number of alcohol outlets in an area. Although housing tenure structures play a part in influencing local crime rates, it may be more a result of sorting effects than neighbourhood effects.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Livingston, Dr Mark and Bannister, Mr Jonathan and Kearns, Professor Ade
Authors: Livingston, M., Kearns, A., and Bannister, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
ISSN:0267-3037
ISSN (Online):1466-1810

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