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Crime in the Geelong Region

Background paper

David Biles and Alex Copeland
January, 1976

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Abstract

The Geelong region in Victoria is one of the three major growth centres in Australia, the others being Albury/Wodonga on the Victoria/New South Wales border and Bathurst/Orange in New South Wales. A fourth potential growth centre is Monarto in South Australia. In all places where there is a rapid increase in population a number of social problems may be expected unless very careful planning is undertaken to avoid them. Among these problems is an expected increase in crime and delinquency, largely associated with the two factors of increased population density and population mobility.