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Can Video Surveillance Reduce Crime? Quantifying the Size and Goegraphic Extent of CCTV's Impact

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $486,161)

This award will provide funding to Temple University to conduct the first, large-scale, multi-method evaluation of CCTV using robust interrupted time-series techniques applied to recorded crime, in the United States.

The goal of this research is to use advanced time-series and micro-spatial evaluation tools that are capable of measuring crime within the specific viewsheds of CCTV cameras to estimate the prevention benefits of cameras on recorded property crime, violent crime, and disorder incidents. A second goal is to complement the quantitative research with qualitative studies that enhance our understanding of the statistical outcome with a contextual understanding of why crime increased or decreased in camera and buffer areas, based on field observations at camera sites and interviews with key personnel and stakeholders. ca/ncf

Date Created: September 21, 2009