Hot Spots Policing

Cody W. Telep, David Weisburd

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Hot spots policing involves police focusing more resources on small units of geography (e.g., addresses, street blocks, small groups of street blocks) with high levels of criminal activity. The tactics police use at these crime hot spots can vary, but often involve some combination of increasing patrol presence and problem solving. There are a large number of rigorous evaluations of hot spots policing suggesting that the approach can be effective in reducing crime and disorder without simply displacing crime to areas nearby.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment
EditorsWesley G. Jennings
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118519639
ISBN (Print)9781118519714
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2015


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