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NCJ Number: 159622 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing City-Center Street Crimes (From Building a Safer Society: Strategic Approaches to Crime Prevention, Volume 19, P 429-468, 1995, Michael Tonry and David P Farrington, eds.)
Author(s): P-O H Wikstrom
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The prevention of crime and disorder in inner cities is a neglected research topic; few evaluations have been conducted to assess urban crime prevention measures and programs.
Abstract: The author notes, however, that strategic insights on preventing crime and disorder in city centers can be gleaned from research on patterns and causes of urban crime and disorder. City centers are largely nonresidential areas where strangers from different social backgrounds mix in public space. Legal activities in city centers, such as shopping and entertainment, attract both conventional people and criminals but they also create temptations and friction between people. Preventing crime in urban areas basically involves influencing routine activities that generate temptations and friction and developing focused policing and surveillance strategies. Crime prevention strategies for the city center must be built around the police and those who work in the area. This involves influencing the social organization of legal activities and developing an integrated and comprehensive prevention program based on cooperation between the police and the city center business community. 107 references, 2 tables, and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Crime Causes; Crime patterns; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention; Social organization; Urban area studies; Urban criminality
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