A Safe City Now?

Franklin E. Zimring

in The City that Became Safe

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199844425
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943357 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

A Safe City Now?

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The lesson of Chapter 1 is that New York City has experienced a decline in rates of serious crime that is unprecedented in modern American history. This chapter focuses on the current circumstances of this largest of American cities. Is the city safe? And if so, compared to what? The method of analysis here is to present three different layers of comparison for the current circumstances of New York City. The first analysis looks at crime rates and risks in New York in 2009 in comparison with its 1990 circumstances—to compare the city with its former conditions and to repeat this comparison for the four major boroughs of the city. A second series of comparisons involves the current circumstances of the other major cities in the United States, not simply as a matter of statistical ranking but of the relative risk run by individuals for “fear crimes.” A third layer of comparison measures New York's current circumstances against other major cities in the developed world. How does New York City in its current condition measure up against London, Paris, Tokyo, and Sydney?

Keywords: New York City; crime rates; crime decline; serious crime; safety

Chapter.  6923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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