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Place management in neighborhood context: an analysis of crime at apartments in Cincinnati

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 32 Issue: 4 Dated: 2019 Pages: 501-522
Date Published
22 pages

This study examined the importance of apartment management decisions for crime counts at apartments and estimated whether the associations between these management decisions and crime varied according to neighborhood context.


These issues were examined with multilevel Poisson-based regression modeling of manager survey data from a Cincinnati-based sample of 238 apartments nested within 29 neighborhoods. Results indicate that place management decisions were not, on average, associated with less crime at apartments; however, numerous management variables showed significantly different associations with crime at varying levels of neighborhood disadvantage. These findings reinforce the propositions of multilevel opportunity theory which suggest that place management is likely to have different effects based on the broader neighborhood context. Multi-faceted approaches to place management in disadvantaged contexts are suggested. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019