Fear of Crime, Criminal Victimization, and Community Policing: An Assessment of Citizen Perceptions

Miriam A. DeLone, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Gregory J. DeLone, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Using the recent data available frm the BJS/NCVS study of Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities (1998), we examine a variety of traditional assumptions about the relationship between fear of crime and actual criminal victimization, in the context of community policing. Multi-variate analysis techniques are used to control for a variety of respondent attitudes and perceptions toward their neighborhoods, their city and their local police services. Convergence and divergence with existing findings are presented. New theoretical directions are proposed.

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