Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Agent-Based Models to Predict Crime at Places

  • Nick MallesonEmail author
  • Andrew Evans
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_208


Crime occurrences are driven by a complicated mix of distinct influences, including those of the environment, the surrounding social context, and personal behavior/psychology of the people who could influence a crime event. Agent-based modelling is a methodology used in computer simulation that concentrates on individual-level behaviors and is ideally suited to modelling crime. This is particularly true of crimes such as burglary or street crime, which are heavily influenced by environmental factors and by the behavior of individual people. In an agent-based crime model, virtual “agents” are placed in an environment that allows them to travel through space and time, behaving as they would do in the real world. This entry will discuss why the crime system is such an ideal candidate for agent-based models and will review a number of crime models that have recently arisen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of GeographyUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK