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NCJ Number: 120378 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the College Hill Crime Prevention Program
Author(s): E J Latessa; L F Travis
Corporate Author: University of Cincinnati
School of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1983, the City of Cincinnati awarded the College Hill forum a grant to implement a two-year "Criminal Opportunity Reduction Effort."
Abstract: The project aimed to prevent crime through block-watch, public education, and target-hardening strategies including parking lot lighting, fencing, and signs. An evaluation, using a pretest, posttest design, focused on multiple performance measures including reported crime rates, victimization, and residents' attitudes concerning neighborhood safety, the police, and the crime prevention project. Over 1000 neighborhood residents attended block-watch meetings, and several thousand pieces of mail and literature were distributed; in addition, there was substantial media coverage. Despite administrative problems, including the lack of a city liaison person, budgetary cutbacks, and the voluntary nature of the program, the crime rate in the College Hill area decreased between 1983 and 1985 at a more rapid rate than in the city as a whole. The most significant reduction was in the number of auto thefts, which dropped by two-thirds. While the victimization rate remained basically unchanged, residents were more likely to have heard of a crime being committed in their neighborhood after the project was initiated. The posttest findings indicated an increased awareness of the project and crime in general; both surveys indicated residents did not view their neighborhood as unsafe and that the project would not hamper police efforts. 5 tables, 1 appendix, 14 references.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Program evaluation
Index Term(s): Block watch; Crime prevention education; Ohio
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