ERIC Number: ED166573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Washington, D.C.: 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. Attitudinal information was obtained from interviews with the occupants of 4,676 housing units. Even though nearly half of all District of Columbia residents indicated they had limited or changed their activities because of crime in the years preceding 1974, most other indicators suggested that the threat of criminal victimization did not strongly influence personal lifestyles or mobility. In selecting new neighborhoods, leaving old ones, and choosing shopping and entertainment locations, considerations included matters of environmental quality, housing conditions, and convenience. Over 80% of the population evaluated police performance as at least average. Although 60% of Washington residents thought that crime in the nation was on the increase, only 25% thought that crime in their neighborhoods had increased. Opinions on crime-related issues were not uniform across all sectors of the city's population, however. Differential effects of the threat of victimization were particularly apparent among women, the elderly, and recent victims. (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 (027-000-00701-5)
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 013 135, CG 013 137; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility