EVALUATION OF TRANSIT CRIMES IN PARTS OF LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA

T.A. Iloabanafor, E.E. Ege

Abstract



Transit crimes are acts of force, negligence or fraud associated with transportation. Urban centres in developing countries are known for extensive and often complex transport systems. The transport systems are also characterised by largely inefficient security system that make many urban dwellers vulnerable to attacks and theft. Consequently, understanding patterns of transit crimes has become a sustainable ingredient for urban planners. This study therefore examined the spatial and temporal distribution of dominant transit crimes, and factors responsible for the crimes in selected crime-prone areas of Lagos State in Nigeria. Data used included a five (2012-2017) years daily crime records in the study area and responses of systematically selected 372 residents, road users and business owners around purposively selected major bus stops in Ibeju-Lekki and Somolu local government areas in Lagos State. Results showed that the most prominent transit crimes were those initiated by street urchins and touting activities (84.3% and 84.7%, respectively at Somolu and Ibeju-Lekki). These activities were mainly fighting, open drug/marijuana use, phone and bag snatching and pick-pocketing (> 60% at each location). Criminal activities were also more pronounced in the nighttime and at dawn than other times of the day, and the nature of the crimes often vary with locations. The study recommended better police facilities and policing enhancement with security warning alerts in the study areas.

Keywords


Transit crimes; Transport infrastructure; Touting activities; Motor parks; Urban policing

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