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Title: The spatial distribution of crime and population density in Saudi Arabia
Contributor(s): Algahtany, Mofza (author); Kumar, Lalit (author)orcid ; Barclay, Elaine (author); Khormi, Hassan (author)
Publication Date: 2018
DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0034-3
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Abstract: This study examined the relationship between crime and place across the 13 provinces of Saudi Arabia using geographic information systems techniques based on population density, identifying and visualising the spatial distributions of national and regional crime rates for drug crimes, theft, murder, assault, alcohol and 'outrageous crimes' (offences against Islam) over a 10-year period from 2003 to 2012. Social disorganisation theory was employed to guide the study and explain the diversity in patterns in crime across the country. The highest rates of overall crimes were identified in the Northern Border and Jizan areas, located in the north and south of the country, respectively, while the East Area has the lowest crime rate. Most drug offences occurred in Northern Borders and Jizan, high rates of theft were recorded in Northern
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 20(1), p. 30-46
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1743-4629
Field of Research (FOR): 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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