Place management in neighborhood context: an analysis of crime at apartments in Cincinnati

  • Andrew M. GilchristEmail author
  • Rustu Deryol
  • Troy C. Payne
  • Pamela Wilcox
Original Article


The present study explores the importance of apartment management decisions for crime counts at apartments, and estimates whether the associations between these management decisions and crime vary according to neighborhood context. These issues are explored through multilevel Poisson-based regression modeling of manager survey data from a Cincinnati-based sample of 238 apartments nested within 29 neighborhoods. Results indicate that place management decisions were not, on average, associated with less crime at apartments. However, numerous management variables showed significantly different associations with crime at varying levels of neighborhood disadvantage. The results reinforce the propositions of multilevel opportunity theory suggesting that place management is likely to have different effects based on the broader neighborhood context. Multi-faceted approaches to place management in disadvantaged contexts are suggested.


Place management Crime prevention Multilevel opportunity theory Neighborhood disadvantage Apartment complexes 



This study was funded, in part, by the National Institute of Justice (2005-IJ-CX-0030, John E. Eck, PI). The authors would like to thank John Eck, Bonnie S. Fisher, Tamara D. Herold, and Heidi Scherer for their efforts in the design and execution of the collection of data analyzed herein and for shaping our views on place management. We would also like to thank Daniel Reinhard for his comments on an early draft of this paper. This paper would not have been possible without their efforts. However, we accept full responsibility for any errors contained herein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew M. Gilchrist
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rustu Deryol
    • 2
  • Troy C. Payne
    • 3
  • Pamela Wilcox
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyUniversity of South Florida-Sarasota-ManateeSarasotaUSA
  3. 3.Justice CenterUniversity of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA

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