Atlas of Crime: Mapping the Criminal Landscape

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With topics ranging from armed robbery in L.A. to murder in Miami, this atlas provides a unique collection of maps and essays, presenting a comprehensive and multi-faceted picture of crime in the United States. Blending current trends with history, Atlas of Crime stands out for its coverage of critical topics such as school violence, hate crimes, domestic terrorism, rape, capital punishment, and more. This outstanding resource includes approximately 170 graphics (maps, charts, and tables), and at least 30 original essays from 32 contributors.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[M]apping is an excellent way of studying crime, making this study extremely beneficial for sociologists and criminologists. Highly recommended."


Library Journal

"[A] very useful addition to library collections, for information about spatial aspects of criminal activities, and to personal libraries for cartographers, to provide information on methods of depicting crime."



"Readers can recognize that maps can enrich their understanding of crime and its control on several different levels. The contributors to this volume have solid credentials and, altogther, Atlas of Crime provides its readers with some rich insights in the character and distribution of crime in the United States."


American Reference Books Annual

"This fascinating look at how law enforcement uses information to combat crime is actually intended for college and public libraries, but schools with special law or geography-related curricula will find it a useful addition to their collections."


The Book Report

"Attention, crime buffs! This reference work will show you where to go to find (or avoid) any type of criminal activity. . . . I recommend that every criminal justice practitioner, urbanologist, and sociologist have this book."


Wisconsin Lawyer

Library Journal
The authors, all associated with Georgia State University, explore the geographical aspects of crime, showing how space affects the decisions made by criminals. They consider, for example, what regions have the highest murder rates, where drug dealers get their drugs, and what cities and states have the highest incidents and largest varieties of crimes. They also create crime maps that provide a very clear visual of crime location and the level of incident. Heavily influenced by the Chicago School and its ecological approach (e.g., concentric-zones theory, sectoral theory, and multiple-nuclei theory), the geographic approach to studying crime is not new. Still, mapping is an excellent way of studying crime, making this study extremely beneficial for sociologists and criminologists. Highly recommended for collections in these areas.--Tim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Contributors in geography, the social and natural sciences, and criminal justice, many from Georgia and surrounding states, but a couple from Liverpool, explore and explain how modern mapping techniques and software are used to reveal important and useful patterns in the location and distribution of crime. Their general themes are the geographic history of crime, crimes of personal violence, crimes against property, family violence, organized and entrepreneurial crimes, Film at 11 crimes, mental mapping, and criminal justice. They include many black-and-white maps as examples. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562416
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/11/2000
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA S. TURNBULL is completing her Ph.D. in sociology at Georgia State University with a specialization in criminal and deviant behavior.

ELAINE HALLISEY HENDRIX is the geographic information systems research coordinator in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University.

BORDEN D. DENT is professor emeritus of geography in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Georgia State University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Cartography in the Atlas of Crime
Ch. 1 Geographic History of Crime 1
Brief History of Crime Mapping 4
Ch. 2 Crimes of Personal Violence 22
Homicide 24
Assault 30
Rape in the United States 37
Robbery 43
Ch. 3 Crimes Against Property 51
Burglary 53
Auto Theft and Detecting Chop Shop Locations 60
Environmental Crime 68
Confronting Computer Crimes 82
Ch. 4 Family Violence 89
Intimate Violence 91
The Spatial Dimensions of Child Abuse and Neglect 100
Elder Abuse 108
Animal Cruelty: A Spatial Investigation 113
Ch. 5 Organized and Entrepreneurial Crimes 122
Mapping the Set Space of Urban Street Gangs 125
The Spatial Dynamics of Drug Trafficking 132
Prostitution 140
Modern Maritime Piracy 149
Ch. 6 "Film at 11" Crimes 153
Serial Murder in the United States, 1860-1995 155
Domestic Terrorism 162
Hate Crimes 171
School Violence 179
Ch. 7 Mental Mapping 184
Criminals' Mental Maps 186
Cognitive Maps and the Fear of Crime 192
Maps in Detective Fiction 199
Ch. 8 Criminal Justice 208
A Spatial Analysis of American Police Killed in the Line of Duty 212
The Concept of Community Policing and a Case Study of Lima, Ohio 221
Crime Scene Sketch 229
Police Department Use of Geographic Information Systems for Crime Analysis 236
Capital Punishment 248
Index 259
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