The code of the street and violent versus property crime victimization

Susan McNeeley, Pamela Wilcox

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Previous research has shown that individuals who adopt values in line with the code of the street are more likely to experience violent victimization (e.g., Stewart, Schreck, & Simons, 2006). This study extends this literature by examining the relationship between the street code and multiple types of violent and property victimization. This research investigates the relationship between street code-related values and 4 types of victimization (assault, breaking and entering, theft, and vandalism) using Poisson-based multilevel regression models. Belief in the street code was associated with higher risk of experiencing assault, breaking and entering, and vandalism, whereas theft victimization was not related to the street code. The results suggest that the code of the street influences victimization broadly-beyond violence-by increasing behavior that provokes retaliation from others in various forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1067
Number of pages19
JournalViolence and victims
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law


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