The geography of bus shelter damage: the influence of crime, neighbourhood characteristics and land-use

Newton, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2491-8401 and Bowers, K., 2007. The geography of bus shelter damage: the influence of crime, neighbourhood characteristics and land-use. Internet Journal of Criminology. ISSN 2045-6743

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Abstract

This paper offers unique insights into the distribution of damage to bus shelters, in a single case study area, Merseyside (UK). The geography of bus shelter damage is examined in relation to the criminogenic and socio-economic characteristics of its neighbourhood, and the local land use context. The findings suggest that shelter damage is related in a known and predictable way to known characteristics of its neighbourhood, and that shelters in areas with high levels of anti social behaviour and violence against the person are more susceptible to bus shelter damage. Two key factors in the occurrence of bus shelter damage appear to be lack of capable guardianships and the presence of youths. In relation to the influence of land use, the presence of parks, children s play areas and schools (particularly those whose unauthorised truancy levels were above the national average) were positively correlated with shelter damage. By contrast, negative relationships were found between shelter damage and the presence of pubs, clubs, and off-licenses. The implications of these findings for crime prevention are then discussed, alongside some potential avenues for future research.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Internet Journal of Criminology
Creators: Newton, A. and Bowers, K.
Publisher: New University Press
Date: 2007
ISSN: 2045-6743
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Rights: Internet Journal of Criminology © 2007.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 03 Mar 2021 16:00
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42438

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