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Prashant Jha



Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Civil Engineering

Committee Chair

Stephanie Ivey

Committee Member

Martin E Lipinski

Committee Member

Anzhelika Antipova


The flow of freight is integral for the economic development of a country, but with the increase in freight volume, there is an increase in freight externalities as well. There are a few research studying the impact of freight on various environmental and health factors but research on the impact of freight on crime is lacking. The focus of this research is to determine the correlation between freight sources and crime patterns in a freight-centric neighborhood. Occurrences of crime incidents are identified as random, or a part of a pattern or cluster. The effect of freight sources on crime patterns is analyzed via correlation tests, ordinary least square regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, hierarchical nearest neighbor clustering, and Getis-Ord Gi* hotspot analysis. The findings of this research indicate a significant correlation between the presence of warehouses and various types of crimes. Areas with higher freight sources tend to have higher crime densities. The results show a need to understand the interaction of crime patterns with the number of freight sources present to make well-informed decisions on community development, land value, policy making, and crime prevention strategies. Keywords: Livability, freight-centric neighborhood, crime density


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest


Open Access