National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
A Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence
Symons Hall, University of Maryland
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a U.S. Department of
Homeland Security Center of Excellence, tasked by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and
Technology Directorate with using state-of-the-art theories, methods, and data from the social and behavioralsciences to improve understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism.START, based at the University of Maryland, College Park, aims to provide timely guidance on how to disruptterrorist networks, reduce the incidence of terrorism, and enhance the resilience of U.S. society in the face of theterrorist threat.About This ReportThe authors of this report are Gary LaFree, director of START and professor of criminology at the Universityof Maryland, and Bianca Bersani, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Questions about this report can be directed to Gary Lafree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This report is part of a series sponsored by the Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division, Science andTechnology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in support of the Counter-IEDPrevent/Deter program. The goal of this program is to sponsor research that will aid the intelligence and lawenforcement communities in identifying potential terrorist threats and support policymakers in developingprevention efforts.This material is based upon work supported under Grant Award Number 2008ST061ST0003 from the U.S.Department of Homeland Security made to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism andResponses to Terrorism (START, www.start.umd.edu)at the University of Maryland. The views and
conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted asnecessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department ofHomeland Security or START.
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To cite this, please use this format:
LaFree, Gary, and Bianca Bersani. “Hot Spots of Terrorism and
Other Crimes in the United
States, 1970 to 2008,” Final Report to
Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division, Science andTechnology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.College Park, MD: START, 2012.