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Guardian Angels: An Assessment of Citizen Response to Crime

The Guardian Angels represent a form of citizen crime prevention that has fostered interest and concern regarding their impact, motives, leadership, and organizational structure. In 1985, the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division completed an exploratory study as a way to evaluate and document the activities of the Angels. The study assessed the Angel's impact on crime and citizen fear of crime, and described features of the group that differentiated them from other citizen patrols.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Criminal Justice Research Division
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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