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Automobile theft -- British Columbia -- Lower Mainland -- Statistics, Geospatial data, Criminal statistics, Crime -- Effect of urban transportation on


Vehicle theft, like most crime types, is spatially concentrated, with more than one quarter of these crimes occurring within fifty meters of a major roadway. Spatial analysis and mapping of all motor vehicle thefts (MVT) occurring in the PIRS system for the Lower Mainland District in 2004 and 2005 emphasize clear clustering around major roads. This map also reveals hotspots of MVT intensity occurring in specific point locations across the landscape. Future fact sheets will analyze these activity nodes to determine the specific land uses around which MVT events tend to cluster.


Poster presented to the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies in 2008.

Note: At the time of writing Kathryn Wuschke was affiliated with Simon Fraser University.

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