The Effect of Neighborhood Culture on Crime and Policing Efforts

Mark E. Correia, University of Nevada - Reno

Recently, more attention has been given to developing a better understanding of the role neighborhood culture has in the development and maintenance of criminal behavior. Moreover, the ability of police to develop productive partnerships with neighborhood areas appears to be related to the culture of the area. In an effort to build upon existing research, the current study focuses on the relationship between neighborhood culture (i.e., sense of community, social cohesion, social capital), levels and types of criminal behavior, and policing efforts. Along with census data and official crime reports, surveys were administered to residents throughout neighborhoods in Reno, Nevada. Results and policy implications are discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006