ERIC Number: ED166572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Houston: Public Attitudes About Crime. A National Crime Survey Report.
These city surveys had a twofold purpose: the assessment of public attitudes about crime and related matters and the development of information on the extent and nature of residents' experiences with selected forms of criminal victimization. Attitudianl information was obtained from interviews with the occupants of 4,866 housing units. Because relatively few Houston residents regarded crime as the single most important community problem, the threat of criminal victimization did not strongly influence personal lifestyles, mobility, and decisions relating to the acquisition of a home. Some 85% of the population rated the performance of the local police as no lower than average. Issues of environmental quality, economic and housing conditions, and personal convenience far outweighed concerns about crime. Most residents believed that crime had increased, particularly outside the neighborhood and at the national level. Many people, especially women and persons age 35-64, believed that their chances of being criminally victimized had risen. Women, members of the black community, and persons who had been victimized tended to be more likely than others to think that crime was up; that crime was worse than reported; that parts of the metropolitan area were unsafe; and/or than police performance was below average. (Author)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Patterns, Community Satisfaction, Crime, Fear, Human Dignity, Life Style, Police Community Relationship, Public Opinion, Quality of Life, Social Attitudes, Surveys
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (027-000-00700-7)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents see CG 013 136, CG 013 137; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility