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Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: police presence does not

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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hill J, Pollet TV, Nettle D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: PeerJ

Year: 2014

Volume: 2

Online publication date: 04/03/2014

Acceptance date: 02/02/2014

ISSN (electronic): 2167-8359

Publisher: PeerJ, Ltd.


DOI: 10.7717/peerj.287


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NWO Research Talent grant
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