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Abstract

Inspired by empirical research on spatial crime patterns in and around sports venues in the United Kingdom, this paper sought to measure the criminogenic extent of 216 hockey games that took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ between 2007-2016. Do games generate patterns of crime in the areas beyond the arena, and if so, for what type of crime and how far? Police-recorded data for Newark are examined using a variety of exploratory methods and non-parametric permutation tests to visualize differences in crime patterns between game and non-game days across all of Newark and the downtown area. Change in the spatial distribution of crime occurred around the Prudential Center, but varied by crime category and extent. Results provide further empirical support for theories of environmental criminology, in that they suggest a higher risk of crime in areas immediately around sports venues on days that games take place.

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