Guardian Angels: Citizen Response to Crime in Selected Cities of the United States, 1984 (ICPSR 8935)

Published: Jan 18, 2006 View help for published

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Susan Pennell; Christine Curtis; Joel H. Henderson

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08935.v1

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This study was designed to assess the effects of the activities of the Guardian Angels on citizens' fear of crime, incidence of crime, and police officers' perceptions of the Guardian Angels. The data, which were collected in several large American cities, provide information useful for evaluating the activities of the Guardian Angels from the perspectives of transit riders, residents, merchants, and police officers. Respondents who were transit riders were asked to provide information on their knowledge of and contacts with the Angels, attitudes toward the group, feelings of safety on public transit, victimization experience, and demographic characteristics. Police officers were asked about their knowledge of the Angels, attitudes toward the group, opinions regarding the benefits and effectiveness of the group, and law enforcement experiences. Data for residents and merchants include demographic characteristics, general problems in the neighborhood, opinions regarding crime problems, crime prevention activities, fear of crime, knowledge of the Angels, attitudes toward the group, and victimization experiences.

Pennell, Susan, Curtis, Christine, and Henderson, Joel H. Guardian Angels:  Citizen Response to Crime in Selected Cities of the United States, 1984. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-18. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08935.v1

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (83-IJ-CX-0037)
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
1984 -- 1985
1984-08 -- 1985-02

Part 1: Convenience sample of users of public transportation. Part 2: Convenience sample of patrol officers present for duty on date of survey. Part 3: Random sampling of housing units. Respondents were selected from within selected housing units. Part 4: Random selection of businesses.

Part 1: Transit riders in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, and New York City. Part 2: Patrol officers in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York City, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Part 3: Housing units in an area of 86 city blocks in downtown San Diego. Part 4: Businesses in the downtown San Diego area that were open between 7 and 11 pm.

personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

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1988-10-25

2006-01-18

2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Pennell, Susan, Christine Curtis, and Joel H. Henderson. Guardian Angels: Citizen Response to Crime in Selected Cities of the United States, 1984. ICPSR08935-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08935.v1

2006-01-18 File CB8935.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.

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  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.