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Place as the Focal Point: Developing a Theory for the DDACTS Model

NCJ Number
Geography & Public Safety Volume: 2 Issue: 3 Dated: June 2010 Pages: 3-4
Ronald E. Wilson
Date Published
June 2010
2 pages

This article discusses the use of a place-based theory for the DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) model.


An enforcement strategy based on place-based theories is very much in line with the philosophy of the DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) model. Place-based theories are an important tool in understanding the connection between why certain places attract the same types of people who have a tendency to commit crimes or drive recklessly. This approach incorporates theories from environmental criminology and geography to explain this phenomenon. In 21st century policing, law enforcement agencies need to target places with high crime and crash rate to more effectively fight crime and to use scarce police resources more efficiently. In order to support their decisions regarding the deployment of scarce police resources, law enforcement executives need to understand how and why place-based theories work. Law enforcement officials need to understand how geography can affect crime rates, and how strategic enforcement can maximize public safety. 5 notes