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Citizen Reporting of Drug Activity
Citizen reporting of drug activity

Reporting information to the police is the most basic response citizens can make to unwanted drug activity in their neighborhoods. Do the violent and intimidating methods of some drug dealers dissuade citizens from calling? What risks do people incur by calling the police? How do the police respond to complaints about drug activity? Do citizens' reports help police to target drug sales? What attention do the police give to drug complaints compared to murders, robberies, rapes, and other violent crimes? In this chapter, we examine these questions about citizens' drug-related complaints.

First, we briefly review the literature on victim and bystander reporting of crimes and discuss what this literature suggests about people's willingness to report drug activity. ...

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