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The City that Became SafeNew York’s Lessons for Urban Crime and Its Control$
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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844425.001.0001

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Lessons for American Crime Control

Lessons for American Crime Control

(p.173) Chapter 7 Lessons for American Crime Control
The City that Became Safe

Franklin E. Zimring

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses what the entire two decades of the New York experience teaches about the major assumptions Americans have been making about methods to control crime and violence. It argues that the entire four-fifths decline in New York safety crime has important implications for thinking about crime control, even though over half that crime drop has no clearly established cause. It shows that it is more important to know that robbery rates can go down 84% than it is to know that police strategies apparently were responsible for about 40% of that decline. The volatility and variability of crime rates is a major signal to policy analysts, independent of a complete account of contributions to a decline.

Keywords:   New York City, crime rates, crime control, safety crime, crime drop

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