ABSTRACT. In recent decades the increase in the number of crime victimization surveys conducted across countries has allowed researchers to examine the determinants of crime victimization by applying both the routine activity/opportunity theory and social disorganization theory. In this paper we apply a multilevel model to test both theories for the first time in Barcelona, a city that has undergone a massive socio-economic change over the last decade. We also introduce the effect of the public infrastructure built by the public sector in this period to determine its impact on the probability of victimization. The results show that both theories partially explain victimization probabilities for the case of Barcelona and that, depending on the type of public infrastructure, proximity to the facility may either increase or decrease a citizen’s probability of victimization. pp. 61–82

Keywords: opportunity theory; routine activity theory; social disorganization theory; victimization; multilevel model

How to cite: Planells-Struse, Simon (2015), "Analyzing Victimization Determinants for the City of Barcelona: The Role of Public Infrastructures," Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice 7(1): 61–82.

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