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Title: Problem-Oriented Policing in Violent Crime Places: A Randomized Controlled Experiment
Journal: Criminology  Volume:37  Issue:3  Dated:August 1999  Pages:541-580
Author(s): Anthony A. Braga; David L. Weisburd; Elin J. Waring; Lorraine Green Mazerolle; William Spelman; Francis Gajewski
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-K015
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article evaluates the effects of problem-oriented policing interventions on urban violent crime problems in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Abstract: Twenty-four high-activity, violent crime places were matched into 12 pairs and one member of each pair was allocated to treatment conditions in a randomized block field experiment. Twenty-eight problem-oriented policing strategies at treatment places included: (1) aggressive order maintenance; (2) drug enforcement; (3) requiring store owners to clean store fronts; (4) removing trash on street; (5) robbery investigations; (6) increased lighting of area; (7) housing code enforcement; (8) erecting fences around vacant lot and cleaning vacant lot; (9) surveillance of place using videotape; (10) code investigation of tavern; (11) razing abandoned building; (12) adding trash receptacles; (13) removing drug-selling crews’ stashed guns; and (14) helping homeless people find shelter and substance abuse treatment. The program was successful in reducing crime and disorder at violent places with little evidence that crime had been displaced to surrounding areas. Notes, tables, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Crime specific countermeasures; Deterrence; New Jersey; Physical crime prevention; Police crime-prevention; Policing innovation; Problem-Oriented Policing; Urban criminality
Note: An earlier version of this article was presented at the 1997 meetings of the American Society of Criminology, November, San Diego, California.
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