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NCJ Number: 185390 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and the City: Public Attitudes Towards Open-Street CCTV in Glasgow
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:40  Issue:4  Dated:Autumn 2000  Pages:692-709
Author(s): Jason Ditton
Editor(s): Geoffrey Pearson
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Great Britain has seen very substantial public and private investment in open-street closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance in the 1990's; part of the justification for this has been the assumed ability of CCTV to reduce both crime and fear of crime.
Abstract: Surveys were conducted in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 1994, again in January 1995, and finally in January 1996, to assess crime fear levels experienced by locally resident visitors to a city center before and after the installation of CCTV and to compare their responses to those given by locally resident visitors to two control locations. The first survey occurred 9 months before CCTV became operational, while the second and third surveys took place 3 and 15 months after. Prior to inquiring about attitudes toward and perceptions of CCTV, interviewers asked respondents how often they visited the location, how safety they felt there, whether they would ever avoid certain areas, and whether they worried they might be a crime victim. Most respondents reported support for the installation of open-street CCTV and most indicated CCTV made them feel safer. However, when actual as opposed to prospective feelings of safety were compared over time, there was no improvement after the installation of CCTV. Further, respondents believed that CCTV was better than the police at detecting crime but that police patrols were more effective than CCTV in making people feel safer. One way of interpreting the findings was to suggest that Glasgow residents, along with many sociologists, preferred natural over electronic surveillance. 41 references and 7 tables
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Closed circuit television (CCTV); Crime in foreign countries; Crime prevention measures; Fear of crime; Foreign crime prevention; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Patrol; Physical crime prevention; Police crime-prevention; Public Opinion of Crime; Scotland
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