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Document Title:

Evaluation of Camera Use to Prevent Crime in Commuter Parking Facilities: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Author:

Nancy G. La Vigne, Samantha S. Lowry

Document No.:

236740

Date Received:

November 2011

Award Number:

2005-IJ-CX-0034

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Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

T E C H N I C A L R E P O R T

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A Randomized Controlled Trial

S E P T E M B E R

Evaluation of Camera Use to Prevent Crime in Commuter Parking Facilities:

The Urban Institute Nancy G. La Vigne Samantha S. Lowry

URBAN INSTITUTE

Justice Policy Center

URBAN INSTITUTE

Justice Policy Center 2100 M Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20037 www.urban.org

© 2011 by The Urban Institute. All rights reserved. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to The Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.

This report was supported by Grant Number 2005-IJ-CX-0034 awarded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions contained herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the authors or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.

This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report has not been published by the Department. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank past project directors Michelle Scott and Tracey Shollenberger for their leadership on the early phases of this project. We also thank former Metro Transit Police (MTP) Chief Polly Hanson for her collaborative spirit and commitment to data-driven practice, Sergeant Brown for his expertise in camera systems and support on project implementation, and members of the MTP crime analysis and auto theft prevention units. We are also grateful to colleagues Aaron Horvath and David Hayeslip for their review and comments on this publication. Finally, this work would not have been possible without the support of the National Institute of Justice and the support of our grant monitor, Bethany Backes.

This document is a research report submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice. This report has not been published by the Department. Opinions or points of view expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Evaluation of Camera Use to Prevent Crime in Parking Facilities

Table of Contents

Executive Summary __________________________________________________________ 1 Prior Research ______________________________________________________________ 2 Background on Metro Parking Facilities ____________________________________________ 3

Data and Methodology _______________________________________________________ 4 Camera Installation ______________________________________________________________ 5 Impact Analysi