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Regional development and crime

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 160

Carlos Carcach
ISBN 0 642 24177 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 2000


Examining the link between socioeconomic change and crime is an important first step in the process of developing crime prevention initiatives. This paper examines data for Local Government Areas in New South Wales and Victoria, and pays attention to issues that may affect, or may be affected by, crime. The results show there is less crime in regions with stable populations, low unemployment, and an economic structure that is less vulnerable to short term shocks.