Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: police presence does not

Hill, Jessica, Pollet, Thomas and Nettle, Daniel (2014) Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: police presence does not. PeerJ, 2. e287. ISSN 2167-8359

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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 people’s perceptions 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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social capital, Police visibility, Disorder, Fear of crime
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 13:20
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 06:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31984

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