Private security and the public safety

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The demand for private protection and the effect of such protective measures on the level of crime are examined. Private protection may reduce a household's expected victimization rate either by deterring some crime or by diverting crime to other households. The greater the relative importance of the latter effect, the more likely a community is to "tip" in the direction of deserting the streets at night and taking other precautions. Data on crime and protection are analyzed, but they are inadequate for a full estimation of the model. The paper concludes with a normative analysis of protection and implications for social policy. © 1978.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clotfelter, CT

Published Date

  • January 1, 1978

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 388 - 402

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-1190

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0094-1190(78)90018-9

Citation Source

  • Scopus