Crime-Reduction Effects of Open-street CCTV: Conditionality Considerations

Hyungjin Lim, Pamela Wilcox

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This study addresses the conditional nature of the effectiveness of open-street CCTV (closed circuit television) by examining the differences in the effects (1) between daytime and nighttime crime, (2) between weekday and weekend crime, (3) across specific-crime offenses, and (4) depending on CCTV site characteristics, including location type (e.g. downtown, business district, school/university, or residential area) and the site’s base rate of crime. This study used HLM (hierarchical linear modeling) with 84 repeated measures across 34 camera locations in Cincinnati, Ohio, while also accounting for overlapping camera areas. Overall, the findings provided minimal evidence of the effectiveness of CCTV in reducing crime, though some types of crime were reduced in residential areas especially, and effectiveness was clearly interdependent with an area’s base rate of crime. Finally, WDQ analyses showed that diffusion of benefits occurred much more often than displacement in cases where there was a crime reduction, post-CCTV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-626
Number of pages30
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 7 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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