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NCJ Number: NCJ 178770     Find in a Library
Title: Problem-Oriented Policing in Violent Crime Places: A Randomized Controlled Experiment
Author(s): Anthony A. Braga ; David L. Weisburd ; Elin J. Waring ; Lorraine Green Mazerolle ; William Spelman ; Francis Gajewski
  Journal: Criminology  Volume:37  Issue:3  Dated:August 1999  Pages:541 to 580
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 40
  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): Crime specific countermeasures ; Deterrence ; Physical crime prevention ; Cause removal crime prevention ; Policing innovation ; Police crime-prevention ; Urban criminality ; Problem-Oriented Policing ; New Jersey
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-K015
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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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