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9:22 AM | February 19, 2013
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The idea that police on our streets makes people feel safer is usually taken as a given. It's the basis of the so-called "reassurance policing" agenda, which advocates higher numbers of visible front-line police. And when increased police numbers are announced, members of the public often welcome the news. "I'm all for more police on the streets," said a Chicago resident earlier this month after the announcement of increased patrols, "It makes me feel safer seeing them around my […]

van de Veer, E., de Lange, M., van der Haar, E. & Karremans, J. (2012). Feelings of Safety: Ironic Consequences of Police Patrolling, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42 (12) 3114-3125. DOI:

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