Principal Component Analysis of Crime Victimizations in Katsina Senatorial Zone

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Author(s) Yusuf Bello | Yusuf U. Batsari | Abdullahi S. Charanchi
Pages 192-202
Volume 3
Issue 4
Date April, 2014
Keywords Principal Component Analysis, Victimization Survey, Rudu Forest, Katsina Senatorial Zone

This paper applies principal component analysis to analyse the spatial pattern of criminal victimization in the 11 local government areas in Katsina Senatorial Zone, Katsina State, Nigeria. The methodology for data collection was in-home, face-to-face personal interview using a stratified multistage random selection procedure. The data consists of burglary, robbery, theft, fraud, assault, murder, thuggery and rape cases. Logarithmic transformation was used to transform the victimization data to look more normal that consequently helped in proper understanding the spatial distributions of the victimizations in the zone. Batsari has the overall average victimizations, while Rimi has the lowest average victimizations in the zone. Thuggery victimizations and theft on manufactured products are more prevalent in the urban center- Katsina, and the surrounding LGAs, while theft on agricultural product in the fertile and agriculturally advantage LGAs. The LGAs on Katsina-Zamfara border and especially around Rugu forest and grazing reserve in the west toward the southern part of the zone have higher prevalence of violence and property crime victimizations-.murder, robbery, rape, burglary and livestock theft. These LGAs include Safana, Batsari, Danmusa, Jibia and Kurfi.

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