Repeat victimization in Malmö City
About the project
The main purpose of the project is to get an overview of repeat victimisation in Malmö according to the police's register of reported crimes. More specifically, the project aims to examine the distribution of repeated crimes between people and objects, how quickly the repeated crimes occur after the first reported crime, and in what type of area the repeated crimes mainly occur. Repeat victimisation is, according to prior international research, usually clustered within minor hot-spots, which is also something that the project aims to study and map out. The knowledge gained from this study should be the basis for more effective crime prevention and victim support work.
The project is a quantitative study of police-reported crimes registered in the police's registration system Rationell Anmälningsrutin (RAR). The material includes police-reported crimes in Malmö during the three-year period from January 1, 2015 through to December 31, 2017. The crimes included in the project are divided into eleven crime categories, and are as follows:
- intimate partner violence
- physical abuse
- sexual offenses
- physical and sexual abuse of children
- hate crimes
- home burglary
- burglary in stores
- burglary in schools
- theft in schools
- car crimes.
All of these crime categories are ones that, according to international and national research, repeatedly afflict people and objects, and should therefore be prioritised in crime prevention and victim support work.
The material obtained by the police consists of sensitive personal information such as the victim's name, address and social security number. Such information is required for this type of study. However, the data will be anonymised so that each person will be replaced with a serial number. All data is handled and stored in such a way that no unauthorised person has access to the material. All results will be presented without any identifying information. Upon completion of the research project, the extract from the police will be destroyed. Participation is completely voluntary and if research subjects do not wish for their data to be used in the project, they can contact Magda Johansson Worobiec.
The head of research is Malmö University.