Post-earthquake analysis of crime and alcohol outlets in Christchurch: Report

9 Apr 2018

This report examines the impacts on and relationships between alcohol outlets and crime patterns in post-quake Christchurch between 2009 and 2014. The analysis examines the spatial distribution of alcohol outlets before and after the Christchurch earthquakes, and looks at how the clustering of alcohol outlets changed and how these changes are related to socio-demographic factors in neighbourhoods. Findings include neighbourhoods that experienced an increase in alcohol outlet density were, on average, younger; had more foreign-born residents; more likely to be unpartnered and had a more mobile population. Analysis of six neighbourhoods with high alcohol outlet density suggests that there were some differences in post-quake period crime trends in these areas from crime trends in the city as a whole.