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  NCJ Number: NCJ 173940     Find in a Library
  Title: Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities, 1998
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): S K Smith ; G W Steadman ; T D Minton ; M Townsend
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Department of Justice
United States of America
  Date Published: 1999
  Page Count: 49
  Annotation: This report on a 1998 survey of criminal victimization and citizen perceptions in 12 cities across the United States focused on the development of a survey instrument and methodology that can be used by law enforcement agencies to collect information on criminal victimization, citizen attitudes toward the police, their willingness to report crimes to the police, and the impact of various community policing strategies and tactics on crime and neighborhood conditions.
  Abstract: The Bureau of Justice Statistics surveyed everyone age 12 or older in a representative sample of approximately 800 households in each city. Questions about the neighborhood and community policing were asked only of residents age 16 or older. The Census Bureau used random digit dialing (RDD) methodology to contact sampled households. In addition to the standard questions from the National Crime Victimization Survey, respondents were asked new questions about their neighborhood and local police. Among the 12 cities surveyed, violent crime victimization rates ranged from 60 to 85 per 1,000 residents age 12 or older. In each of the cities, less than half of the violent crimes involved a weapon. In most cities, less than half of the violent crimes were reported to the police. Overall, approximately 80 percent or more of the residents in each of the 12 cities said they were satisfied with the quality of life in their neighborhood. Although neighborhood watch meetings were not widely attended, most respondents in each city said they relied on neighbors to watch out for each other. Approximately 30 percent or more of the residents in each city said they had some level of contact with the police in the past 12 months. Nearly 80 percent or more of the residents in each city were satisfied with the police in their neighborhood. At least 40 percent of the residents in each city thought the police practiced community policing in their neighborhood. 43 tables and 6 references
  Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
  Index Term(s): Victimization ; Personal Security/Self Protection ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Public Opinion of Crime ; Community policing
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Bureau of Justice Statistics Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 179
Dept. BJS-236
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
United States of America
  Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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