Crime, Fear, and the New York City Subways: The Role of Citizen Action

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This book is a welcome study of the impact of citizen action on crime and on the fear of crime. The author obtained the consent and cooperation of the Guardian Angels to use their activities in Harlem and the Bronx as a model in determining the effectiveness of such operations. In addition, on-site interviews were conducted with 2,700 nighttime subway riders, making this work the first substantial study of passenger attitudes and fears. Contradicting many previously held beliefs, these data show that actual ...

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Overview

This book is a welcome study of the impact of citizen action on crime and on the fear of crime. The author obtained the consent and cooperation of the Guardian Angels to use their activities in Harlem and the Bronx as a model in determining the effectiveness of such operations. In addition, on-site interviews were conducted with 2,700 nighttime subway riders, making this work the first substantial study of passenger attitudes and fears. Contradicting many previously held beliefs, these data show that actual incidents of subway crime are remarkably low and that fear of crime among nighttime riders, while high, is not exceptional when compared to fear previously found in above ground settings. Moreover, the activities of the Guardian Angels were found to have no apparent effect on crime or on overall fear and did not increase the willingness of passengers to help one another.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275923228
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/8/1986
  • Pages: 150
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

DENNIS JAY KENNEY, a veteran of eight years of police service, is Director of Research and Planning for the Savannah, Georgia, Police Department.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Role of Citizens in the U.S. Law Enforcement Process

The Related Social and Organizational Issues

The Research: Its Setting, Method, and Design

Crime on the Subways

Fear on the Subways

The Guardian Angels: Their Impact on Fear and Crime

Implications for the Future

Appendix A: Interview for Subway Passengers

Appendix B: Summary Tables

Bibliography

Index

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