Noting the importance of citizen involvement in crime prevention activities, this study attempts to answer the questions of what leads citizens to participate in anti-crime organizations, and what can be done to promote further involvement. The study is comprised of a series of phone interviews with anti-crime organization members, law enforcement officials, and city representatives from Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Some major findings are that crime is not an impetus for the formation of groups from scratch although it is an impetus in the evolution of existing neighborhood organizations into anti-crime activities. Also, group crime prevention strategies should be community specific in their approaches in order to be most effective.


Fitz Gibbon, Heather


Urban Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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