ERIC Number: ED174894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Pittsburgh: Public Attitudes About Crime; A National Crime Survey Report.
Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Attitudes toward crime were investigated among Pittsburgh residents. Respondents were asked their opinions regarding crime trends, fear of crime, residential problems and life styles, and local police performance. Results indicated that Pittsburgh residents believed that others ran a greater risk than they did and that other neighborhoods were less safe than their own. They were far less likely to think that neighborhood crime had risen than they were to believe that crime had increased nationally. A majority felt very safe in their neighborhood during the day and reasonably safe at night. Crime or fear of crime was not a major factor in determining housing or life style although approximately 10% were dissatisfied with police performance. In general, crime or fear of crime had a greater affect on the opinions of women than men, the elderly than the young, and victim than non-victims. White residents were less likely to have limited their activities, have felt unsafe at night, and more inclined to rate the police favorably than their Black counterparts, but were more likely to believe their chances of victimization had increased. (Author)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Patterns, Community Problems, Crime, Life Style, Opinions, Police, Racial Differences, Responses, Social Attitudes
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (027-000-00772-4)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)