Assessing the Influence of Gambling on Public Safety in Massachusetts Cities and Towns During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Analysis of the Influence of Encore Boston Harbor on its Surrounding Community


  • Prepared By: Justice Research Associates, LLC
  • Release Date: May 04, 2023

Encore Boston Harbor (EBH) opened on 23 June 2019, drawing more than 3.5 million visitors during the first eight months of operation. COVID-19 pre-during-post period analysis provided the research team with a temporal and spatial view and perspective of crime in and around EBH.

This initial report has three specific goals in mind: (1) Conduct an analysis of the increases and decreases in activity in the communities surrounding Encore Boston Harbor over four distinct timeframes before and after COVID-19; (2) provide insights into the temporal and spatial patterns of crime in the jurisdictions surrounding Encore; (3) provide the researchers the opportunity to explore a range of methods, software and other tools that have been developed to analyze large volumes of crime and call-for service data and establish optimal methodology for future analyses.

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