Research Shows Hot Spot Policing Works

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — It’s been reported widely that hot spot policing is very successful, but the main researcher in St. Louis says the latest studies show a somewhat unexpected result.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis Criminologist Rick Rosenfeld says many people may have concluded that hot spot policing only serves to run the criminals off, into other neighborhoods, but he says that hasn’t happened.

“We look not only at the target areas, but at areas around the target areas where presumably people would move if they thought things were getting a little too hot,” said Rosenfeld. “We found very little crime displacement into those areas.”

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He says hot spot policing has shown a 60-percent reduction in crime, in the key neighborhoods and it’s likely to be around for some time.

Rosenfeld says his research shows hot spot policing to be by far the “most effective strategy in reducing serious crime in cities.”


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