Dear RTM user,
On behalf of the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS), below is an
update about risk terrain modeling (RTM) and the RTM Manual that you
downloaded at www.riskterrainmodeling.com<http://www.google.com/url?sa=D&q=www.riskterrainmodeling.com>.
As promised in previous reports, we’ll keep this email brief but
***User Response and Access***
-- Since its first posting at the end of June 2010, the RTM Manual has been
downloaded over 720 times from users in many different countries. Plus, over
60 hard copies of the RTM Manual in full color have been sold at Amazon.com
A free PDF download continues to be available online.
-- You can share your thoughts and read what others have to say at the Risk
Terrain Modeling Google Group (
***Update on Applications***
-- We have been working through the Spring on a RTM for Spatial Risk
Assessment Workshop Webinar to provide online instruction to those
interested in expanding their knowledge of risk terrain modeling. We
recently completed a trial run with our students and we are confident that
the webinar is comprehensive and easy to participate in. For more
information about upcoming webinar dates, or to register, go to
-- We continue to work with software developers and interested stakeholders
to develop an open source (i.e. free and publicly available) RTM software
application that would guide analysts and automate the steps of risk terrain
map production. Ironically, making stuff free costs a lot, so it's been a
slower than desired process as we regularly look for funding. Please stay
***Recent Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters***
-- We are completing two chapters for publication. One applies RTM to the
study of terrorism in Turkey and will appear in a reader on
counter-terrorism edited by Cynthia Lum and Les Kennedy to be published by
Springer in the fall. The second discusses what it means to operationalize
spatial influence within the context of crime analysis and applies RTM to
shootings using a fixed context risk terrain map. This chapter will appear
in a newly published encyclopedia on crime and place edited by G. Bruinsma
and D. Weisburd. The specific volume that it will appear in is edited by S.
Johnson and K. Bowers.
-- In addition, we know of four articles that incorporate RTM for the study
of crime that are currently under review with major scholarly journals. We
will post these as they complete the review process (hopefully
-- Supplemental tutorials that assist with RTM are routinely added to
website. One example is a video simulation of the entire procedure of risk
terrain modeling. There are also new research briefs, case studies, and
literature reviews of known crime risk factors for 14 different types of
crimes. Check these items out at www.riskterrainmodeling.com
-- We continue to work on a Risk Terrain Modeling Manual for Global Risk
Assessment and hope that it will be completed by the end of the summer.
Among many examples, this manual demonstrates how to use RTM for the study
of armed conflict. It has been a challenge to get the data that we need but
Yasemin Gaziarifoglu, one of our graduate students, has persisted in her
analysis and a final version of this analysis will be available soon. If you
are interested in how RTM can be uniquely applied at the global level, this
publication is especially for you.
***Dissemination of The RTM Approach***
There have been some applications completed of RTM around the country.
-- Tana Gurule (Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas) used RTM in a poster
presentation titled "Risk of Auto Theft: Predicting Spatial Distributions of
Crime. We found this related link online:
-- A Masters thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School, “To The Greatest
Lengths: Al Qaeda, Proximity, And Recruitment Risk” by Ismael R.
Rodriguez,used RTM in the study of terrorist groups. We found this
-- Les Kennedy presented a paper on risk terrain modeling at the Association
of American Geographers annual meeting, Seattle, April 2011
-- As many of you know, the NIJ Crime Mapping Research Conference in Miami
was cancelled, but we understand that it will be rescheduled for the fall.
We hope that Joel Caplan will present a 3 hour workshop on RTM and Eric Piza
will present a RTM-related paper—as originally planned.
-- We have planned a special session on RTM for the upcoming meetings of the
American Society of Criminology (ASC) in Washington, DC in November. We
hope to see you there.
***Until our next (infrequent) update, check out *
www.riskterrainmodeling.com* for events, news, publications, research
briefs, case studies, and more regarding RTM. Also, send us your work to
post at www.riskterrainmodeling.com.
***We welcome your feedback! Please tell us how you are using RTM and/or if
you have any constructive feedback. Send a brief or lengthy email to
rutgers...@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Les Kennedy and Joel Caplan
Joel M. Caplan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Rutgers University | School of Criminal Justice
Associate Director | Rutgers Center on Public Security | www.rutgerscps.org
123 Washington Street | Newark, NJ 07102 | Office 973-353-1304 |
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