This paper falls into a common field of scientific research and its practical applications at the interface of urban geography, environmental criminology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The purpose of this study is to identify types of different land use which influence the spatial distribution of a set of crime types at the intra-urban scale. The originality of the adopted approach lies in its consideration of a large number of different land use types considered as hypothetically influencing the spatial distribution of nine types of common crimes, geocoded at the address-level: car crimes
, theft of property—other
, residential crimes
, property damage
, commercial crimes
, drug crimes
, burglary in other commercial buildings
, and fights and battery.
The empirical study covers 31,319 crime events registered by the Police in the years 2006–2010 in the Polish city of Szczecin with a population ca. 405,000. Main research methods used are the GIS tool “multiple ring buffer” and the “crime location quotient (LQC)”. The main conclusion from this research is that a strong influence of land use types analyzed is limited to their immediate surroundings (i.e., within a distance of 50 m), with the highest concentration shown by commercial crimes
and by the theft of property—other
crime type. Land use types strongly attracting crime in this zone are alcohol outlets
, clubs and discos
, cultural facilities
, municipal housing
, and commercial buildings
. In contrast, grandstands
, green areas
, allotment gardens
, and depots and transport base
are land use types strongly detracting crime in this zone.
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