If the police target crime in certain “hot spots,” will the criminals just move around the corner? No, says David Weisburd, who won the prestigious 2010 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his research looking at this very question.
His findings show that focusing on places where crime is concentrated enables police to target their efforts more effectively. While police have generally organized their patrols by neighborhoods or precincts that span several city blocks, a “hot spot” can be a single street segment, a cluster of addresses, or even a single building.
He has worked with police departments, nationally and internationally, to alter and discontinue ineffective practices and implement new strategies that are proven to work.