Investigating the Influences of Tree Coverage and Road Density on Property Crime
AbstractWith the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), crime mapping has become an effective approach for investigating the spatial pattern of crime in a defined area. Understanding the relationship between crime and its surrounding environment reveals possible strategies for reducing crime in a neighborhood. The relationship between vegetation density and crime has long been under debate. The convenience of a road network is another important factor that can influence a criminal’s selection of locations. This research is conducted to investigate the correlations between tree coverage and property crime, and road density and property crime in the City of Vancouver. High spatial resolution airborne LiDAR data and road network data collected in 2013 were used to extract tree covered areas for cross-sectional analysis. The independent variables were inserted into Ordinary Least-Squares (OLS) regression, Spatial Lag regression, and Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR) models to examine their relationships to property crime rates. The results of the cross-sectional analysis provide statistical evidence that there are negative correlations between property crime rates and both tree coverage and road density, with the stronger correlations occurring around Downtown Vancouver. View Full-Text
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Ye, C.; Chen, Y.; Li, J. Investigating the Influences of Tree Coverage and Road Density on Property Crime. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 101.
Ye C, Chen Y, Li J. Investigating the Influences of Tree Coverage and Road Density on Property Crime. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2018; 7(3):101.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ye, Chengming; Chen, Yifei; Li, Jonathan. 2018. "Investigating the Influences of Tree Coverage and Road Density on Property Crime." ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 7, no. 3: 101.
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