The Reactions to Crime Project 1976-1985
The Reactions to Crime (RTC) Project was a large cooperative agreement between
the National Institute of Justice and Northwestern University's Center for Urban Affairs
(now the Institute for Policy Research).
This page archives many unpublished and difficult-to-find RTC documents from the
The executive summary overviews the main findings of the project’s
research lines, and summarizes the main data collection activities.
The RTC literature review was the first product of the project, and it provided the
research underpinning of many of our later data collection and writing projects.
The RTC report provides an extensive documentation of the project’s city and
neighborhood surveys in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Chicago. 5,121
interviews were completed. See in addition the ICPSR data documentation; the
original data are available through them.
I asked Steve to spend three weeks profiling the politics of crime in the three
RTC cities. Two months later he came back with a huge study of Philadelphia.
Eventually this at least became a two-city summary.
Consider this a rough draft of our later book by the same title. It is
perhaps more descriptive than the final product.
These reports combine field work with the findings of the RTC Three-City Survey
The opening statement on a theme which was one of the biggest
theoretical contributions of the RTC Project
Studies of Personal, Household and Neighborhood Protective Behaviors
Studies of Fear of Crime
Collective Responses to Crime
The 1979 Chicago Metro Area Survey
This survey encompassed the entire Chicago area. It formed the basis for one chapter
of Coping With Crime, "Moving to the Suburbs as a Reaction to Crime" 1803 RDD
respondents, with community-level contextual data for each respondent.
This article was one of the first to implicate disorder in fear of crime