Hot-spot policing on viimase paarikümne aasta üks levinumaid praktikaid, mida väidetavalt kasutatakse ja mis on (politseile) edu toonud, sest arvatakse, et nii suudetakse kuritegevust vähendada.
Siin artiklis küsivad autorid:

The self-reported nature of these declarations, however, limits the ability to know with reasonable certainty that such police departments actually engage in hot spots policing and to what degree.

Autorid väidavad, et pakuvad midagi uut:

Our approach to measuring the use of hot spots policing is a new analytical strategy based on crime and SQF data.

Uurimisküsimused:

(1) Do the police use the hot spots policing strategy in their day-to-day operations? And (2) If yes, then to what extent?

Hot-spot policingu eduloo üks selgitustest:

For the last three decades, researchers and practitioners have held a firm view that crime is concentrated, not only at macro level but also at small locations, such as street intersections and blocks. The earlier research findings indicated that almost 50% of crimes clustered in micro-locations called hot spots (Pierce et al., 1988; Sherman et al., 1989). An extensive number of later studies consistently supported these findings. In a recent paper, Weisburd (2015) argued that crime concentration should be considered a “law” instead of a social sciences theory (see also, Weisburd et al., 2012; Braga et al., 2017; Weisburd, 2015; Braga et al., 2019a,b).

Artikli peamine järeldus:

The primary finding of the study is that New York City police have engaged in hot spots policing in less than half of the violentcrime hot spots. This finding is surprising, unexpected, and not in line with most of the previous research on hot spots policing (e. g., Weisburd et al., 2014). Two probable causes of the divergent findings are offered: (1) the method used to assign crime and SQF incidents to street element and (2) the method used to identify hot spots.

Duru, H., & Akbas, H. (2021). Measuring hot spots policing in non-research settings. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 65, 100468.