Control of City Crime

Archive Report

Prevalence of Crime in American Cities

Mounting Violence on the streets of American cities, during the day as well as after nightfall, is intensifying the problems of police and other municipal authorities and causing alarm among plain citizens. The growing frequency of purse snatchings, armed robberies and more serious crimes endangers not only pedestrians and others but also law enforcement officers. The spread of street crime has been marked y an unprecedented number of attacks on policemen by persons resisting arrest and by hostile onlookers. Changing conditions of urban life are generally blamed for such examples of lack of respect for officers of the law, but they are believed to reflect also lack of adequate financial support of city police departments.

Rising crime rates have coincided ...

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