Disorder affects judgements about a neighbourhood: police presence does not

J. Hill, T.V. Pollet, D. Nettle

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    Many police forces operate a policy of high visibility in disordered neighbourhoods with high crime. However, little is known about whether increased police presence influences people's beliefs about a neighbourhood's social environment or their fear of crime. Three experimental studies compared people's perceptions of social capital and fear of crime in disordered and ordered neighbourhoods, either with a police presence or no police presence. In all studies, neighbourhood disorder lowered perceptions of social capital, resulting in a higher fear of crime. Police presence or absence had no significant effect. The pervasive effects of disorder above other environmental cues are discussed.© 2014 Hill et al.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e287-e287
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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