Lookup NU author(s): Thomas Pollet,
Professor Daniel Nettle
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Many police forces operate a policy of high visibility in disordered neighbourhoods with high crime. However, little is known about whether increased police presence influences people's beliefs about a neighbourhood's social environment or their fear of crime. Three experimental studies compared peoples percepions of social capital and fear of crime in disordered and ordered neighbourhoods, either with a police presence or no police presence, In all studies, neighbourhood disorder lowered perceptions of social capital, resulting in a higher fear of crime. Police presence or absence had no significant effect. The pervasive effects of disorder above other environmental cues are discussed.
Author(s): Hill J, Pollet TV, Nettle D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Online publication date: 04/03/2014
Acceptance date: 02/02/2014
ISSN (electronic): 2167-8359
Publisher: PeerJ, Ltd.
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