Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
Criminal Justice Administration
Dr. Julius Debro
Analysis of blacks and fear of crime data in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. indicates that blacks in low income, high crime communities are less fearful of crime but still take protective measures when venturing into the community during the day and at night. Additional findings indicate that physical characteristics of neighborhood both within ones own neighborhood and adjacent to ones own neighborhood influence perceptions of crime.
These are some of the findings discovered upon a re-examination of data sets from projects completed in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The two projects were "Research on Minority Neighborhoods: Toward an Understanding of the Relationship Between Race and Crime" completed by Debro et al. 1981 and "Safe and Secure Neighborhoods: Physical Characteristics and Informal Territorial Control in High and Low Neighborhoods" completed by Greenberg et al. 1980.
Questions were extracted from surveys of blacks in low income and middle income neighborhoods. The central question of the thesis was to what extent blacks fear crime. If blacks do fear crime, do they take protective measures which constrained their behavior in their community?
The larger question which was not answered but which was always present was whether or not blacks feared crime more than whites. This question could not be answered because there was not a comparative sample of whites. Hopefully, this attempt will lead to additional studies.
Shashikala, M. R., "An analysis of fear of crime within Black communities" (1990). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 2649.