What do people do when someone is threatened on the street, or kicked? Do these ‘bystanders’ intervene? And when a police officer is approaching, do they wait and think ‘let him deal with it!’? Marco van Bommel investigates whether it makes a difference whether an acquaintance is among the crowd. Do people intervene sooner (or less soon)? And what is the reason for that? This study into the role of bystanders is very important as the accidental citizen bystander may be one of the most effective crime preventers.
- New director Phoolan Devi Institute