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The Nation

February 10, 1986

City police departments could reduce the fear of crime and, in some cases, crime itself, by contacting residents door to door and opening storefront police stations, a federally financed study released in Washington concluded. The two-year study of experimental projects in several low-income and middle-income neighborhoods of Houston and Newark, N.J., found that among the failed approaches were police follow-up contact with crime victims, police publication of neighborhood newsletters and cleanup programs aimed at physical deterioration.

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