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Title: The Impact of Road Networks on Crime Rates in Saudi Arabia
Contributor(s): Algahtany, Mofza (author); Kumar, Lalit  (author)orcid ; Barclay, Elaine  (author)
Publication Date: 2019-06
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.18061/1811/87905
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Abstract: This study examined the influence of the quality and extent of road networks on crime rates in both urban and rural areas of Jizan province, Saudi Arabia. We performed both Ordinary Least Squares regression (OLS) and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) where crime rate was the dependent variable and paved (sealed) roads, non-paved (unsealed/dirt) roads and population density were the explanatory variables. Population density was a control variable. The findings revealed that across all fourteen districts, those with better quality paved road networks recorded lower rates of crime than the districts with unpaved roads. Furthermore, the more extensive the road networks, the lower the crime rate, whether the roads were paved or not. The findings concur with those of studies conducted in other countries which reveal that rural areas are not always the safe, crime-free places they are often believed to be.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Rural Criminology, 4(2), p. 292-311
Publisher: Ohio State University Libraries
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1835-6672
Field of Research (FOR): 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960604 Environmental Management Systems
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Environmental and Rural Science

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