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The Great American Crime Decline

Franklin E. Zimring


The major lesson from the 1990s is that relatively superficial changes in the character of urban life can be associated with up to 75% drops in the crime rate. Crime can drop even if there is no major change in the population, the economy or the schools. Offering the most reliable data available, this book documents the decline in the 1990s in American crime as the longest and largest since World War II. It ranges across both violent and non-violent offenses, all regions, and every demographic. All Americans, whether they live in cities or suburbs, whether rich or poor, are safer today. Castin ... More

Keywords: 1990s, crime prevention, Canadian crime trends, policy, violet offences, non-violent offences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195181159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franklin E. Zimring, author
University of California, Berkeley