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ERIC Number: ED176132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Buffalo: Public Attitudes About Crime; A National Crime Survey Report.
National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
The National Crime Survey found that about three-fourths of the Buffalo residents perceived national crime as on the upswing, and one-third sensed an increase locally. Fewer than 10% believed crime in either place declined. Most felt their own victimization rate had increased. Fear of criminal attack appeared largely dependent upon the time of day and locale, with evening hours and distance from home generating more fear. Most believed that others were more affected by crime or fear of crime than they were. Crime rarely was mentioned as a major motivating factor for their own activities. Fewer than one-fifth considered crime the single most serious local problem. Crime level opinions differed mainly in degree rather than direction. Females, blacks, or older persons tended to be more fearful and likely to modify their behavior. Victims appeared more concerned than non-victims, although the differences were not always pronounced. Residents were relatively satisfied with local police performance, despite many specific suggestions for improvement. (Author/LS)
Descriptors: Age, Community Attitudes, Crime, Fear, Individual Differences, Local Issues, Neighborhoods, Police, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Social Problems, Surveys, Violence
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (027-000-00775-9)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.
Authoring Institution: National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Buffalo)