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NCJ Number: 230140 Find in a Library
Title: Responsibilisation Revisited: From the Concept to Attribution in Crime Control
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:April 2010  Pages:95-113
Author(s): Lyn Hinds; Peter Grabosky
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Grant Number: LP0346987
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the concept of responsibilization and investigated variations in citizens' willingness to accept more responsibility for protecting themselves against crime.
Abstract: To date, most discussions of responsibilization have been conceptual – suggesting what the term may mean, and what its impact may be. This study explores factors that influence people to accept more responsibility for protecting themselves against the risk of crime victimization. Using data from a random postal survey in an Australian jurisdiction, we explain variation in citizens’ responsibilization for crime control. We find that people's views of police, particularly expectations of police attendance, satisfaction with police performance, perception of police responsiveness to calls for service, and attitudes to police legitimacy influence people's acceptance of responsibility for crime control. Findings also show responsibilization is associated with gender, education, and fear of crime. These findings are independent of people's experience of crime victimization. We highlight policy implications from our findings, including risks of responsibilization for future policing strategies. Figures, tables, references, and appendix (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Crime control policies
Index Term(s): Australia; Citizen reactions to crime; Citizen satisfaction; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Crime prevention planning; Participatory management; Police community relations; Police policies and procedures; Public Opinion of Crime; Public Opinion of the Police
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