Willingness to report crimes: the role of ethnic group membership and community efficacy
 

Author(s)Davis, Robert C. and Nicole J. Henderson
Title Willingness to report crimes: the role of ethnic group membership and community efficacy
Source Crime & Delinquency, 2003, Vol. 49, pp 428-445
Date 2003
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article examines reporting to police behaviour among immigrant communities in New York City. Six ethnic groups were targeted for the survey, with four communities comprised largely of immigrants and two ethnic groups that were well-established communities. The Immigrants were asked whether they had been victims of a recent crime and whether they had reported it. They were also asked whether they would be willing to report a crime if they had witnessed it. Questions were also asked about community empowerment and community efficacy and their experience and perceptions of police. It was found that willingness to report crimes was not strongly linked to their perceptions of police effectiveness but there was a link to their experience with police, The authors recommend that the developers of criminal justice policy consider a community's social networks and institutional capacity
Keywords Victimisation; crime reporting; immigrants; police; ethnic communities
Topic Victimisation; property crime