Patrolling the Neighborhood Beat
In the face of rising crime rates and a declining sense of security, urban residents have initiated a variety of crime prevention efforts. Although improved architectural design (Newman, 1972) and increased protection by the local police department have been common demands, many residents have also felt that their own vigilance and active concern over neighborhood conditions can play an important role in assuring an adequate level of residential safety. Typical crime prevention activities have taken a wide variety of forms, including property identification campaigns, programs to make residents more aware of good crime prevention practices, increased use of security devices, and programs to encourage citizens to report suspicious incidents (see National Advisory Commission, 1974; U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1970).
KeywordsPublic Housing Crime Prevention Citizen Participation Crime Problem Housing Authority
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