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Crowd Spatial Patterns at Bus Stops: Security Implications and Effects of Warning Messages

Chapter 9 from Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Authors: Solymosi, R., Borrion, H., Fujiyama, T.

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This is a chapter from Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach edited by Vania Ceccato and Andrew Newton. This chapter is available open access under a CC BY license. As other chapters Safety and Security in Transit Environments assert, crimes such as pickpocketing can concentrate near bus stops, and crowding and congestion is a factor that heightens this risk. But to target interventions effectively, it is useful to determine what local-level interactions characterise this crowding behaviour. This paper aims to provide a first step to using data collected from laboratory experiments to address questions from crime and transport research. The experiment considered differences in interpersonal distances to further analyse crowding behaviour to attain further insight that could narrow the focus of possible interventions. Audio warnings are examined as a possible solution, and findings show that crowding peaks when passengers board the bus, and audio messages may be one approach for addressing this. To conclude, implications of identifying boarding as a problem area, and the effectiveness of warning messages as a situational crime prevention tool are discussed.

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Book Title
Crowd Spatial Patterns at Bus Stops: Security Implications and Effects of Warning Messages
Book Subtitle
Chapter 9 from Safety and Security in Transit Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach
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2015
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Palgrave Macmillan UK
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
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978-1-137-55636-3
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1
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