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Motels and crime: The effects of motel closures on crime rates
AuthorSpizman, Ryan Joseph
AdvisorBarthe, Emmanuel P.
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In recent years, police organizations and scholars have begun to study motel crimes and the ways that crimes at such lodgings might be reduced. Although studies have helped police and city officials to manage crime at problem motels, the current literature largely overlooks motel closures and the impact these events can have on crime rates. This study seeks to expand current understandings of the relationship between motel closures and crime rates in the areas which surround them. To investigate this relationship, geographic mapping of crime data is employed along with descriptive and inferential data analyses. Overall, the results suggest that motel closures do not have a significant impact on motel-related crime or crime in general; therefore, any resulting effects from closure may be marginal.