Criminal events are categorized in several ways. Depending on Ratacliffe (2004) categorization, events can either be classified as temporal, spatial or spatio-temporal depending on the depicted characteristics of the events’ happening. This is well understood through the analysis of two Australian case studies of the ABC and XYZ Train Station precincts. First and foremost, it’s rational to think of the two precincts as expressing a sense of separation of location of place.
In this regard, minor antisocial behaviors are commonly noticed in the ABC precinct, while property crimes and vehicle theft are nuisance events in XYZ Train Station. Looking specifically in ABC, retail shopping centers and restaurants have dispersed minor crimes of begging and other antisocial behaviors during the day. However, these places become hotpoint for violent crimes particularly during the weekend nights.
Hence, the use of the retail shopping and the Restaurants (licensed pubs and clubs) is indicative of spatial feature. On the side XYZ Train Station precinct, it comprises of residential houses, the train station and the working places as the main spatial parts. Of the three locales, the train station has recently become the hotpoint for vehicle theft with the implementation of the modern technology on ticketing without accompanying installation of modern machines on security.
In order to curb the rising problems during the weekend nights, which has resulted to increased police patronage in the different public restaurants, it’s important for a permanent security officer be assigned in the various restaurants as this would reduce operation costs. Installation of surveillance machines such CCTVs and CPTED Hotpoint will make them be proactive rather than reactive, and ease gathering of investigatory data and information. Reference: Ratacliffe, J. (2004). The Hotspot Matrix, a Framework for the Spatio-Temporal Targeting Of Crime Reduction: Police Practice and Research