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Analyzing social trends paper

Analyzing social trends paper - Do People Feel Safe Crime...

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Do People Feel Safe: Crime and Law Enforcement With all of the crime ensuing within the last two decades, how safe do Americans feel? With the crime rates fluctuating up and down many Americans may feel as though they can’t have much faith in our legal system . Variables that I would like to look at to analyze this ongoing trend of fear would include factors such as how many homeowners own guns and how safe do people feel walking alone at night. I will be looking at how important crime issues are to the US population, how safe do people really feel, and if they do feel safe, should they? An important variable to consider when asking a question such as this, is how many people are afraid to walk alone at night in their own neighborhood and how the numbers have changed over the years. Summary Statistics Eta* = .08 Gamma = .05 Chisq(P) = 173.69 (p= 0.00) R = .04
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Tau-b = .03 Chisq(LR) = 176.30 (p= 0.00) Somers' d* = .02 Tau-c = .04 df = 19 Beginning in the year 1973 the data shows that 17.8% more people don’t feel afraid waling around their neighborhood at night, with 41.1% reporting that they are afraid and 58.9 % reporting that they are not afraid. Over the next decade the numbers seem to stay pretty consistent with the percentage of people who claim to be afraid staying within the 40-48% range and those who are not afraid staying within the 51-60% range. This shows that the majority of the United States population feels safe enough to walk alone in their neighborhoods at night. Progressing from 1993-2004 the numbers show a positive trend with the number of people who answered yes to being afraid dropping to a low 29.9% and those who answered no to being afraid climbing to a high 70.1%. Although this does not indicate the that crime rates are dropping, it does indicate that through certain programs such as neighborhood watch, or simply the civilians faith in their local law enforcement, the level of fear of being attacked or harassed among neighborhoods in the US has dropped by 11.2% over the course of two decades. And since the p-value is 0.00 (which is much lower than 0.06) it shows that these statistics are not by chance but have valid grounds.
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