What is Rutgers Newark Public Safety Project?
This project, sponsored by the Rutgers Newark Chancellor's Office, explored perceptions of criminal victimization risk throughout the Rutgers Newark Campus. The project informed campus safety discussions that are ongoing between the administration, campus police, and the campus community concerning ways in which the campus security is perceived in the context of the actual threat that is posed in this environment. Although place-based perceptions of risk are important or understanding peoples' fears of crime and associated travel throughout a landscape, few studies have investigated people's perceptions of risk at micro-level places. The key aim of this research was to understand where risk is perceived to be highest and lowest throughout the Rutgers Newark campus -- based upon subjective, but articulable, perceptions of criminal victimization risk by members of the campus community, including students, faculty and staff. Cartographic maps of perceived risk was layered with known crime hotspots to assess whether peoples' perceptions of risk on campus are, in fact, places where crime most often happens.