Will Recession Make Cities Dangerous Again?

Anti-Terror Efforts Could Prevent Other Crimes

Recent increased security measures designed to combat terrorism, such as more careful police patrols, could also deter more run-of-the-mill crime, other experts say.

"After Sept. 11, we have a whole new attitude toward security that can come under crime prevention," said Monkkonen. "That could cause lots of changes that are very good."

Another effective tool against crime is at the disposal of every citizen, several experts said: the human spirit. Even after the Sept. 11 attacks on America, and as economists predict "doom and gloom," citizens could maintain the spirit of defiance and hope that has been voiced so often in America these last three months, says John Jay's Castelli.

"There's no reason to think we will sink into a new era of criminality," Castelli said.

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