This data collection was designed to evaluate the effects
of disorderly neighborhood conditions on community decline and
residents' reactions toward crime. Data from five previously collected
datasets were aggregated and merged to produce this collection: (1)
REACTIONS TO CRIME PROJECT, 1977 [CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, SAN
FRANCISCO]: SURVEY ON FEAR OF CRIME AND CITIZEN BEHAVIOR (ICPSR 8162),
(2) CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGH AND LOW CRIME NEIGHBORHOODS IN ATLANTA,
1980 (ICPSR 8951), (3) CRIME FACTORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD DECLINE IN
CHICAGO, 1979 (ICPSR 7952), (4) REDUCING FEAR OF CRIME PROGRAM
EVALUATION SURVEYS IN NEWARK AND HOUSTON, 1983-1984 (ICPSR 8496), and
(5) a survey of citizen participation in crime prevention in six
Chicago neighborhoods conducted by Rosenbaum, Lewis, and Grant.
Neighborhood-level data cover topics such as disorder, crime, fear,
residential satisfaction, and other key factors in community decline.
Variables include disorder characteristics such as loitering,
drugs, vandalism, noise, and gang activity, demographic
characteristics such as race, age, and unemployment rate, and
neighborhood crime problems such as burglary, robbery, assault, and
rape. Information is also available on crime avoidance behaviors, fear
of crime on an aggregated scale, neighborhood satisfaction on an
aggregated scale, and cohesion and social interaction.