Study on Crime & Poverty Report
|In mid-January 2011, the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies (NIU/CGS) completed its 2010 Quantitative Research Study on Crime and Poverty in Dubuque. The study was commissioned in spring 2010 by the City of Dubuque after being recommended to the Dubuque City Council by the Safe Community Task Force.
The study was designed to compare community perceptions of crime in Dubuque to actual crime data. The study included: 1) a public opinion survey 2) an analysis of Dubuque’s crime rates and trends over time compared to similarly sized communities in Iowa; 3) an analysis of Dubuque’s crime incidents over time, and the extent to which Section 8 housing recipients are connected to crime; 4) a review of research studies related to poverty, Section 8 housing assistance, crime, fear of crime, and crime prevention; and 5) a set of recommendations based on the research and evidence.
To explore these issues, the following general research questions were posed:
Click on the links below to view PDFs of documents related to the study:
Dubuque 2010 Study on Crime and Poverty Summary Report – 12.18MB PDF, 779 pages (full report)
Executive Summary of Report – 1.46MB PDF, 69 pages (pages 3-71 of the full report)
Summary Discussion of Findings & Implications for Strategies and Policies (NIU's Recommendations) – 213KB PDF, 8 pages (pages 321-324 of full report)
News Release on Completion of Study
Part I Crimes Trend: Calendar Years 2003-2010
NIU/CGS made a formal presentation of the study results at a public meeting of the Safe Community Task Force on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Click here to watch a video of the three-hour presentation.
Printed copies of the report are available for viewing at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall at 50 West 13th Street, Human Rights Department in City Hall Annex at 1300 Main Street, Carnegie-Stout Public Library Reference Desk at 360 West 11th Street, and the Dubuque Police Department at 770 Iowa Street.