Neighbourhood‑level Analysis of the Socio‑spatial Context of Business Crime in Northern Ireland

Ojo, Adegbola, Parry, Jon and Enback, Sabina (2021) Neighbourhood‑level Analysis of the Socio‑spatial Context of Business Crime in Northern Ireland. Crime Prevention and Community Safety . ISSN 1460-3780

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Abstract

The repercussions of crime on businesses can be very significant. It can deter investment
and frustrate business growth. Crimes result in higher costs of doing business
because of the need to deploy multiple security measures. Business crime also leads
to loss of output, for instance due to reduced hours of operation and depletion of
morale of staff. Using a spatial segmentation analytical framework, this research
study models the neighbourhood patterns of crimes perpetrated against small business
in Northern Ireland. The study also accounts for the levels of non-reporting of
crime victimisation among business owners together with the factors influencing the
non-reporting of crime. Results show that indeed businesses within certain neighbourhood
types are disproportionately exposed to crime. We also find evidence that
multiple business owners have adopted crime prevention measures without considering
what works in preventing business crime in the specific types of neighbourhoods
within which their enterprises are located.

Keywords:Business crime, GIS, Geodemographics, Spatial analysis, Neighbourhoods, Crime Science, Northern Ireland
Subjects:L Social studies > L700 Human and Social Geography
Divisions:College of Science
ID Code:43143
Deposited On:16 Dec 2020 09:37

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