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The Urban Experience: Crime

Statistics Database

Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics Database
Data for city and county statistics from 1985 through the most recent year available. Includes city jurisdictions with populations of 10,000 or more and county agencies of 25,000 or more. Includes statistics for violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).

Crime and the City

Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities, 1998.
Survey data from 12 cities regarding criminal victimization and residents' attitudes toward their neighborhood, their city, and the local policing services. Cities: Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Knoxville, TN, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Savannah, GA, Spokane, WA, Springfield, MA, Tucson, AZ, and Washington, DC.
"Crime and U.S. Cities: Recent Patterns and Implications,"
Ingrid Gould Ellen and Katherine O'Regan. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 626(1), November 2009, 22-38.
"Crime fell substantially in the United States between the early 1990s and 2005. This article examines the size and nature of crime reductions that occurred in cities and their surrounding suburbs and identifies the characteristics of cities experiencing greater declines. The authors then explore two questions: how these changes altered existing disparities in safety (or exposure to crime) among particular groups and the extent to which these reductions increased the relative attractiveness of cities and ultimately led to city growth."
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"Segregation, Racial Structure, and Neighborhood Violent Crime,"
Lauren J. Krivo, Ruth D. Peterson, and Danielle C. Kuhl. American Journal of Sociology 114(6), May 2009, 1765-1802.
"This article posits a broad influence of citywide racial residential segregation on levels of violent crime across all urban neighborhoods regardless of their racial/ethnic composition."
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Police Departments in Large Cities, 1990-2000
Brian A. Reaves and Matthew J. Hickman. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, May 2002.
"Trends from 1990 to 2000 among local police departments serving U.S. cities with 250,000 or more residents. Comparisons are made in terms of number of sworn and civilian personnel, female and minority representation among sworn personnel, officer salaries, officer training and education requirements, operating budgets, UCR crime rates, computers and information systems, types of equipment used, type and number of vehicles, and types of special units."
"Proactive Policing and Robbery Rates Across U.S. Cities
C.E. Kubrin et al. Criminology 48, 2010, 57-97.
"In recent years, criminologists, as well as journalists, have devoted considerable attention to the potential deterrent effect of what is sometimes referred to as “proactive” policing. This policing style entails the vigorous enforcement of laws against relatively minor offenses to prevent more serious crime. The current study examines the effect of proactive policing on robbery rates for a sample of large U.S. cities."
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"Is Immigration Responsible for the Crime Drop? An Assessment of the Influence of Immigration on Changes in Violent Crime Between 1990 and 2000,"
Tim Wadsworth. Social Science Quarterly 91(2), June 2010, 531-553.
"The current work evaluates the influence of immigration on crime in urban areas across the United States between 1990 and 2000...The findings offer insights into the complex relationship between immigration and crime and suggest that growth in immigration may have been responsible for part of the precipitous crime drop of the 1990s."
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