Crime and Walkability (06-05-20)

Lee and  Contreras  evaluated how walkability and crime are related using data collected in Los Angeles. They determined that “walkability had an especially strong linear effect on robbery rates: a 24% increase in the robbery rate accompanied a 10-point increase in Walk Score on a block, controlling for the effects of local businesses and sociodemographic characteristics. . . . Our final set of models suggests that the walkability–crime relationship might depend on neighborhood social organization: When walkability is high, low-income blocks might experience sharp rises in rates of predatory violence as compared with more advantaged blocks.”

Narae Lee and Christopher Contreras. “Neighborhood Walkability and Crime: Does the Relationship Vary by Crime Type?”  Environment and Behavior, in press, https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916520921843