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NCJ Number: 76813 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Crime Prevention Activities in the SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Region
Corporate Author: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 46
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Detroit, MI 48226
US Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Washington, DC 20410
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An assessment of crime prevention activities as reported by local jurisdictions in seven southeast Michigan counties is presented; existing programs and resources are discussed, and an evaluation of future needs is highlighted.
Abstract: The crime prevention approach generally involves public education, community organization, and crime analysis. In addition to meeting crime reduction objectives, crime prevention provides important secondary benefits, including positive impact on neighborhood revitalization efforts. A regional crime prevention survey of the seven counties revealed that all were well represented in terms of population size. The survey also revealed a wide variety of crime prevention programs ranging from small neighborhood watch groups to multijurisdictional crime prevention organizations throughout the counties. However, there is a notable lack of comprehensiveness in present efforts. Smaller jurisdictions were least active in crime prevention programs. Additional findings showed that Operation I.D. and building security programs received the highest success ratings throughout the region. In terms of participation, the police role in these activities throughout the region is significant. Citizen participation in such activities on a communitywide basis is evidenced in only a few select communities. The development of a seven-county crime prevention committee is recommended. Development of a regional crime prevention resource center, neighborhood revitalizatization strategies, and crime prevention planning on a regional level should be encouraged. Two tables, 13 figures, and appendixes are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Community support; County police; Local government; Michigan; Surveys
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