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Risky Lifestyles and Dangerous Results: Routine Activities and Exposure to Crime

NCJ Number
Sociology and Social Research Volume: 74 Issue: 4 Dated: (July 1990) Pages: 208-211
L W Kennedy; D R Forde
Date Published
4 pages
This paper examines data from the 1982 Canadian Urban Victimization Study to identify lifestyles that increase exposure to personal and property crimes and further discusses these in reference to the routine activities theory.
The study consisted of a telephone survey of persons 16 years or older within randomly selected households in major urban centers in Canada. Data from 74,463 respondents related their experiences with crimes of robbery, assault, breaking and entering, and vehicle theft. Variables for nighttime activities included number of times per month spent on sports, in a bar or pub; going to a movie, theatre or restaurant; meetings or bingo; work or class; visiting friends; and walking or driving. The effect of daytime activities were related to the main occupation of respondent. Canonical correlation analysis of relationships between the types of criminal victimization and the lifestyles or demographic factor indicates that the crime potential is most evident for assault, less evident for robbery as well as breaking and entering, and least evident for vehicle theft. 1 note, 15 references, and 1 figure