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Šimon, Martin, Jíchová, Jana. 2022. „Crime count and crime harm in a post-socialist city: How does the law of crime concentration at places apply?“ European Journal of Criminology 19 (6): 1349–1366. DOI: 10.1177/1477370820973993. ISSN 1477-3708. Available from:

This article reports on a new empirical study evaluating crime concentration at places in a postsocialist city. We use principles of the law of crime concentration at places and the Cambridge Crime Harm Index to measure crime count and crime harm concentration at the level of street segments. The research found differences between crime concentration in a post-socialist city and crime concentration reported by recent studies from US or UK cities. Both crime and harm concentration are consistently less spatially clustered than expected by the theory in a postsocialist city. This finding has significance for both international criminology and national policing authorities, because the success of place-based policing is highly dependent on strong spatial clustering of crime. The study underlines the importance of experimental criminology and theory testing for the transfer of crime prevention approaches from their original contexts.


trust/social cohesion
urban and rural studies
social inequalities
public administration
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Comparison of crime concentration in cities
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Comparison of crime count and crime harm spatial clustering