World Bank Project: Evaluating Crime, Transport Data, and Infrastructure

Global Affairs Ph.D. candidate Alejandro Giménez-Santana has been a team member on a project with the World Bank entitled "Evaluating Crime, Transport Data and Infrastructure in Bogotá". As part of the project he was sent to Bogotá city to present local authorities and other stakeholders the research findings. The project was based on the use of a methodology known as Risk Terrain Modeling, a technique created at Rutgers University by Dr. Joel Caplan (School of Criminal Justice) and Dr. Leslie Kennedy (Division of Global Affairs). The technique creates maps based on features of the surroundings (for example, if there are banks, schools, public transportation or supermarkets) to determine whether there is a relationship between specific infrastructure and the occurrence of certain crimes. Their final findings suggested that low stratum sections of Bogotá (mostly low income areas) have an increased likelihood of violent crime. For instance, the likelihood of homicide incidents is 3.4 times greater than in other sections of the city, while the likelihood of assault is 2.9 times greater. Of the study Giménez-Santana says “We make an assessment, identify the symptoms and then leave it to the local authorities to come up with the cure.”

Press on Bogotá World Bank Project

An article published in the renowned Spanish newspaper "El País" was part of an interview conducted by the World Bank's media department to disseminate project results. The original is available here and in English translation here through the World Bank.

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