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The City that Became Safe: New York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control

Franklin E. Zimring


The 40% drop in crime that occurred across the U.S. from 1991 to 2000 largely remains an unsolved mystery. Even more puzzling then is the crime rate drop in New York City, which lasted twice as long and was twice as large. This 80% drop in crime over nineteen years represents the largest crime decline on record. This book sets off in search of the reason for the New York difference through a detailed and comprehensive statistical investigation into the city's falling crime rates and possible explanations. If you listen to City Hall, aggressive police created a zero tolerance law enforcement re ... More

Keywords: crime, crime rate drop, New York City, aggressive police, zero tolerance, NYPD, drug control, crime control, drug violence, hard drug use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199844425
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Franklin E. Zimring, author
University of California-Berkeley