Reducing Crime Through Environmental Design: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment of Street Lighting in New York City

@article{Chalfin2019ReducingCT,
  title={Reducing Crime Through Environmental Design: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment of Street Lighting in New York City},
  author={Aaron Chalfin and Benjamin C. Hansen and Jason Lerner and L. Parker},
  journal={Randomized Social Experiments eJournal},
  year={2019}
}
This paper offers experimental evidence that crime can be successfully reduced by changing the situational environment that potential victims and offenders face. We focus on a ubiquitous but surprisingly understudied feature of the urban landscape – street lighting – and report the first experimental evidence on the effect of street lighting on crime. Through a unique public partnership in New York City, temporary streetlights were randomly allocated to public housing developments from March… Expand
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