The Effect of Surveillance Cameras on Crime: Evidence from the Stockholm Subway

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Mikael Priks

Stockholm University - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of surveillance cameras on crime in the Stockholm subway. Beginning in 2006, surveillance cameras were installed in the subway stations at different points in time. Difference-in-difference analysis reveals that the introduction of the cameras reduced crime by approximately 20 percent in busy stations. I also show that some of the crimes were displaced to the surrounding area.

Keywords: surveillance cameras, crime, natural experiments

JEL Classification: K40, J01

Suggested Citation

Priks, Mikael, The Effect of Surveillance Cameras on Crime: Evidence from the Stockholm Subway (December 1, 2009). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 2905, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536432

Mikael Priks (Contact Author)

Stockholm University - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Germany

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