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Research Highlight: Identifying the Characteristics of Communities Where Perpetrators Live and Pre-Incident Activity Occurs


Research Highlight: Identifying the Characteristics of Communities Where Perpetrators Live and Pre-Incident Activity Occurs

Abstract: 

This study examines the locations of the residences and pre-incident activities associated with 144 terrorism incidents investigated by the FBI between 1990 and 2010. Using tract-level data from the 2000 U.S. Census, it compares the socioeconomic, housing, and sociodemographic characteristics of locations where environmental, far-right, and al-Qa’ida and Associated Movements (AQAM) perpetrators lived, planned, and prepared. It also compares these locations to ones that experienced no perpetrator residential or pre-incident activity. Data are drawn from the American Terrorism Study.

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Roberts, Paxton, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Brent L. Smith, and Kelly R. Damphousse. 2013. "Research Highlight: Identifying the Characteristics of Communities Where Perpetrators Live and Pre-Incident Activity Occurs." May. https://www.start.umd.edu/sites/default/files/files/publications/research_briefs/START_IdentifyingCharacteristicsofCommunitiesWherePerpetratorsLiveandPreIncidentActivityOccurs_May2013.pdf

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