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Pub. Type Report
Title Reducing the 'Signs of Crime': The Newark Experience
Author(s) Pate, Antony M.
Skogan, Wesley G.
Wycoff, Mary Ann
Annan, Sampson
Subtitle/Series Name Technical Report
Pub. Date Jul 1985
Abstract A field test in Newark during 1983 and 1984 aimed to reduce fear of crime by reducing the deterioration and disorder that represented the social and physical signs of crime. The program's components were a cleanup program directed at physical deterioration and an intensified law enforcement effort. Random samples of residents were surveyed before and 10 months after the program's introduction. Although the program was implemented as planned, it had few statistically significant effects. None of the desired effects were achieved. However, residents of the area served by the program took significantly more steps to protect their homes from crime than did those in the comparison area. The shortness of the program period may have been the source of the lack of effects on fear of crime. Findings did not permit any conclusions about the validity of the theory underlying the Newark effort. Footnotes, tables, list of task force members, 28 references, and 12 appendixes giving methodological details and additional results. source
Issue/No. NCJ 102307
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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