Could specific streets have their own crime trends? Is it a fluke if similar crimes repeatedly occur in the same area?

David Weisburd, distinguished professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., will discuss “The Criminology of Place: Street Segments and Our Understanding of the Crime Problem” at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in Century Room C at the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

While many crime studies have focused primarily on why particular people commit crime or why certain communities have higher levels of crime, Weisburd takes a different approach. He will present findings from his upcoming book that examine why specific city streets experience certain crime trends.

Weisburd is editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and a member of the editorial boards of Criminology, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He is the 2010 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and the 2011 winner of the Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UMSL.

Jen Hatton

Jen Hatton