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The relationship of burglary rates to neighborhood characteristics: a model of Fresno, California
Throughout history, cities have been portrayed by artists, writers, and philosophers as centers of vice and crime. This real or imaginary association of cities with crime among early leaders of this country, such as Thomas Jefferson, fostered a strong anti-urban bias in America's heritage. Today, the fear of becoming a victim of criminal elements-- especially from crimes of violence such as murder, rape, robbery, physical assault—is still one of the leading causes of dissatisfaction with their environment among urban dwellers.