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Title: Gangs and Other Problems in Public Housing: A Special Report: Preliminary Results of the 1995 Anonymous Survey of Altgeld-Murray Homes Residents
Author(s): G W Knox
Corporate Author: National Gang Crime Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Gang Crime Research Ctr
Chicago, IL 60468-0990
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC 20201
Contract Number: CSU17003-01
Sale Source: National Gang Crime Research Ctr
P.O. Box 990
Chicago, IL 60468-0990
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Questionnaire survey data collected from 696 households in a public housing complex in Chicago in June 1995 formed the basis of an analysis of crime, violence, and gangs in public housing and citizen attitudes toward becoming involved in crime prevention.
Abstract: The questionnaire sought information about violence and the viewpoints of the residents, their experiences, their beliefs, and assessments of the problems in their 2,000-unit public housing complex. Nearly all believed that tenants should be more involved in preventing crime and police. Nearly half reported dissatisfaction with the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Police and CHA armed security officers. Sixty-nine percent gave safety ratings of 5 or under on a 10-point scale. A total of 7.2 percent reported that someone from their household was murdered and 6.3 percent reported that a household member was a sexual assault victim in 1994. A total of 17.6 percent of households reported having an assault victim, 18.6 percent reported having a robbery victim, and 15.5 percent reported that their household was burglarized in 1994. Three-fourths reported rival gang violence in the complex in the past year, and four-fifths believed that police walking the beat would discourage gang activity in the area. Additional findings focused on household demographics, victim services, crime prevention approaches, and related issues. Findings indicated a significant level of crime and violence in the complex, as well as residents' willingness to become involved in crime prevention efforts
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Criminology; Fear of crime; Illinois; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Public housing; Public Opinion of the Police; Victimization
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