New research from Michigan State confirms that homicide and infectious disease have similar patterns of spread. The team applied public health tracking software and methods to analyze data about homicides in Newark, NJ between 1982 and 2008.
Principal researcher April Zeoli, an assistant professor of criminal justice, points out that this methodology could be applied in real time to help law enforcement be more proactive about addressing new “outbreaks”. She also indicated that some areas remained free of homicides despite being surrounded by hot spots. From the MSU press release:
“If we could discover why some of those communities are resistant,” Zeoli said, “we could work on increasing the resistance of our communities that are more susceptible to homicide.”
Sounds like time to call in the anthropologists.