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“Robert C. Davis and Arthur J. Lurigio present a balanced and reasoned review of what citizens, with the help of police and other authorities, can do to reduce drug-related crime in their neighborhoods. The message is timely, clear, helpful, and hopeful. Fighting Back successfully brings together recent and emerging research in community antidrug efforts (indigenous and implanted), police-based strategies, and civil abatement procedures. The authors examine what is and what is not working to mitigate one of America's most pressing social problems--neighborhood-based drug trafficking.” --Janice A. Roehl, Ph.D., Vice President, Institute for Social Analysis, Pacific Grove, California “Fighting Back is a delightful book and will add significantly to the field. It is the first comprehensive book that covers different strategies used to restore order and ...

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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