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The Attraction of Property Crimes to Suburban Localities: A Revised Economic Model


  • Simon Hakim

    (Department of Economics, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA)


The economic analysis of crime is further developed by extending Becker's model of criminal behaviour to the spatial distribution of property crimes in Suburbia. The results suggest that where wealthier suburbs are located close to major urban areas they will be 'importers' of crime from the adjacent urban centres, regardless of their expenditure on police protection. In such cases the community tax base rather than police expenditure seems to be the major determining factor.

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  • Simon Hakim, 1980. "The Attraction of Property Crimes to Suburban Localities: A Revised Economic Model," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 17(3), pages 265-276, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:17:y:1980:i:3:p:265-276

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    1. STEVEN C. DELLER & Thomas Ottem, 2001. "Crime and the Quality of Life in Wisconsin Counties," Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural and Applied Economics Staff Papers 442, Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural and Applied Economics Department.
    2. Benson, Bruce L. & Rasmussen, David W. & Kim, Iljoong, 1998. "Deterrence and Public Policy: Trade-Offs in the Allocation of Police Resources," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 77-100, March.
    3. Bruce L. Benson, 2010. "The Allocation of Police," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Crime, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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