Lessons for American Crime Control

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

Lessons for American Crime Control

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This chapter discusses what the entire two decades of the New York experience teaches about the major assumptions Americans have been making about methods to control crime and violence. It argues that the entire four-fifths decline in New York safety crime has important implications for thinking about crime control, even though over half that crime drop has no clearly established cause. It shows that it is more important to know that robbery rates can go down 84% than it is to know that police strategies apparently were responsible for about 40% of that decline. The volatility and variability of crime rates is a major signal to policy analysts, independent of a complete account of contributions to a decline.

Keywords: New York City; crime rates; crime control; safety crime; crime drop

Chapter.  9184 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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