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Location quotients (LQ) technique is a relatively new technique for computerized crime mapping analysis. It is a measure used to compare an area's share of a particular type of activities with the reference area's share of the same type of activities. Compared to other traditional crime analysis methods, such as hot spot (kernel density) analysis, it has the advantage of being able to incorporate the discontinuous backgrounds.
This research analyzes actual police data for residential burglaries in Gainesville, Florida. Utilizing the location quotient measure, the spatial and temporal structures of residential burglary are explored. Points and methods of entry are also analyzed to determine if some neighborhoods suffer an abnormal rate of specific kinds of break-in points. LQ is useful in quickly finding structural design faults. This paper demonstrates how different methods of analysis of the same spatial dataset from different perspectives would reveal different embedded information.