Previous research has found that targets located in close proximity to previously victimized targets are at an increased risk of also being victimized. However, this elevated risk of near repeat victimization appears to be temporary and subsides over time. Near repeat victimization has rarely been examined using Canadian data, and exact space-time patterns have been shown to vary by location. Thus, the current study helps to address a gap in the research by determining the exact near repeat space-time clustering of three crime types (burglary, theft from a motor vehicle [TFMV], and common assault) across three Canadian cities (Edmonton, Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; and Saint John, New Brunswick). The results demonstrate significant near repeat space-time clustering for Edmonton burglary, Edmonton TFMV, and Saint John TFMV, with the exact space-time pattern varying from one data file to the next. The implications of these results, as well as some limitations and directions for future research, are discussed.

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Keywords Canadian crime, Hot spot mapping, Near repeat crime, Repeat victimization, Space-time analyses
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Journal Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Emeno, K. (Karla), & Bennell, C. (2018). Near repeat space-time patterns of canadian crime. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 60(2), 141–166. doi:10.3138/cjccj.2017-0009