This report presents the findings of a semester-long study of crime prevention and safety in the West Hyattsville Metro area conducted by Urban Studies and Planning students from the University of Maryland during the fall of 2006. The West Hyattsville Metro area is surrounded by vacant land uses, parklands, and the Kirkwood Apartments complex. Kirkwood Apartments is located in a low-income area (relative to the region) and has a high turnover rate among residents. Together, the transient nature of the residents, the Metro station, and the surrounding land uses provide unique challenges in planning for crime prevention and safety concerns. This report addresses strategies for improving the safety of the area and engaging residents and relevant stakeholders in community crime prevention. Specifically, this report addresses challenges to engaging transient communities in community crime prevention and proposes practical crime prevention strategies while keeping in mind the ways in which the physical and social environments surrounding transit stops affect crime.
The West Hyattsville Tenant Guide to Safety includes practical actions and resources that can be used by residents in multifamily complexes in the City or County to help residents fight crime and promote a safe community.
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