Title

Community Organizing, Environmental Change, and Neighborhood Crime

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1997

Publication Source

Crime and Delinquency

Abstract

This article addresses the effects of an urban neighborhood's response to a significant increase in crime, drugs, and other incivilities in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Residents organized a major effort to stabilize the neighborhood that included implementation of a defensible space plan. Comparisons of crime data and of residents' perceptions of crime between the pre- and postimplementation periods show significant improvements. The data provide greater support for the opportunity model of community crime prevention than for the community model. Cautions are provided regarding transplanting the same plan elsewhere.

Inclusive pages

493-511

ISBN/ISSN

0011-1287

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Sage Publications

Volume

43

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes