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The Effects of Surveillance Cameras on Crime: Evidence from the Stockholm Subway
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
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2015 (English)In: Economic Journal, ISSN 0013-0133, E-ISSN 1468-0297, Vol. 125, no 588, F289-F305 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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I study the effects of surveillance cameras on crime in the Stockholm subway system. Beginning in 2006, surveillance cameras were installed in subway stations at different points in time. Difference-in-difference analysis reveals that introduction of the cameras reduced crime by approximately 25% at stations in the city centre. The types of crimes deterred by cameras are planned crime, that is, pickpocketing and robbery. It is also shown that some of the crimes were displaced to surrounding areas. The cost of preventing one crime by the use of surveillance cameras is approximately US$ 2,000.

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2015. Vol. 125, no 588, F289-F305 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125012DOI: 10.1111/ecoj.12327ISI: 000365101400001OAI: diva2:893367
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-07 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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