Proceedings of the Conference on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics pages:245-254
"New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics" (NTTS) of Eurostat location:Brussels, Belgium date:18-20 February 2008
In this paper, we investigate the occurence of criminal acts at the community level in Belgium for the 2001-2005 period. Multivariate analysis shows that income levels do not have a significant effect on the occurence of property crime, violent crime or homicide. Rather unemployment figures prove to be the strongest determinant of crime rates in general. Contrary to what has been shown by US research, we did not detect any patterns for homicide, an act that seems to be randomly spread across the territory.