Date of Award

Summer 2004

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Brian Payne

Committee Member

Randy Gainey

Committee Member

Nonso Okereafoezeke

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 C378 2004


This study uses the concepts of routine activities theory and social disorganization theory to examine some of the factors that influence a business owner's use of crime prevention measures. I predicted that neighborhood conditions as well as personal experience with crime would influence a business owner's decision to use crime prevention measures. In addition, I controlled for sex, race, age, education level, and police presence.

The results of the study were fairly consistent with the hypothesis except for two of the variables. In this particular study, age was not a significant factor in predicting the use of crime prevention measures, which is contrary to most literature. Also surprising was that the perception of positive neighborhood characteristics was much more significant than the perception of negative neighborhood characteristics.


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