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NCJ Number: 51235 Find in a Library
Title: PRIVATE AND COLLECTIVE CHOICE BEHAVIOR IN THE PROVISION OF PERSONAL SECURITY FROM CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATION
Author(s): L A 2ND WILSON
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 172
Sponsoring Agency: Oregon Law Enforcement Council
Salem, OR 97303
UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Grant Number: 74-NI-99-0016-G
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A NUMBER OF FACTORS WHICH MAY RELATE TO THE DECISION TO PROVIDE PERSONAL SECURITY ARE IDENTIFIED. DATA FROM 4000 INTERVIEWS IN THE PORTLAND, OREGON, AREA ARE USED TO TEST THESE FACTORS.
Abstract: AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS APPROACH IS USED TO DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF AREA OF RESIDENCE, CRIME RATE IN AREA, INCOME OF AREA, EDUCATION, RATES OF HOME OWNERSHIP, POLICE SERVICE LEVELS, AND PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE SERVICE LEVELS ON DECISION TO PROVIDE PRIVATE PROTECTION FROM LOSS BY CRIME. PRIVATE PROTECTION IS DEFINED AS POSSESSION OF A GUN IN THE HOUSE, OWNERSHIP OF A GUARD DOG, OR EXTRA INSURANCE. IT WAS FOUND THAT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PREDICTOR OF GUN OWNERSHIP WAS INCOME; PERCEPTION OF POLICE EFFECTIVENESS WAS NEXT. INCOME WAS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PREDICTOR OF OWNERSHIP OF INSURANCE. SUBJECTIVE PERCEPTIONS OF POLICE, FEAR OF CRIME, AND A FEELING OF POLITICAL POWERLESSNESS WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS BEHIND GUARD DOG OWNERSHIP. THOSE LEAST ABLE TO AFFORD CRIME LOSS ARE ALSO LEAST ABLE TO PROVIDE PRIVATE PROTECTION. FOUR POSSIBLE PUBLIC POLICIES ARE DISCUSSED IN LIGHT OF THE THEORIES OF HOBBS AND LOCKE, WHICH ESTABLISH THE PRIMACY OF THE PROVISION OF PERSONAL SECURITY AS A PUBLIC GOOD WHICH SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT. RESEARCH SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR FURTHER EXAMINATION OF THE CHOICE TO PROVIDE PERSONAL SECURITY PRIVATELY. EACH CHAPTER CONTAINS REFERENCES. A MASTER BIBLIOGRAPHY IS APPENDED. (GLR)
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Crime prevention measures; Firearms; Oregon; Perception; Residential security
Note: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON - DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
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