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Trends in Crime and Fear

Wesley G. Skogan

in Police and Community in Chicago

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195154580
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154580.003.0050

Series: STUDIES CRIME

Trends in Crime and Fear

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In describing Chicago's new community-policing program, the police department's 1993 strategic plan Together We Can reassured readers that CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy) was not soft on crime. It stressed the importance of good traditional police work and effective crime fighting, and also argued for a preventive approach to crime control. Police could hope that neighborhood mobilization around CAPS might contribute to greater watchfulness and wariness among the public. It might also lead to a greater willingness of residents to report crimes and (especially) step forward as witnesses, rather than just lying low and hoping to not be victimized. This chapter describes trends in crime and fear of crime in Chicago, considering a measure of crime: assessments of its seriousness gathered through surveys. Moreover, it examines the link between race and trends in crime, focusing on whites, African Americans, and Latinos.

Keywords: Chicago; police; community policing; CAPS; crime; fear of crime; race; whites; African Americans; Latinos

Chapter.  12402 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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