This research proposal dealt with the different environments in which crime takes place. This is a proposed study that is going to be specifically looking at the new town of Tuen Mun in Hong Kong. This particular town has high crime rates compared to other urban towns in Hong Kong and Ying (1996) wants to find out why. Ying decided to analyze this area for information about the type of environment it is in order to see if there is anything relating the abnormally high crime rates to how the town is set up.
The literature review that Ying did found that there is more crime rates around areas that have a high amount of access to the public. Crime rates were also found to be correlated with things like housing conditions, demographic stability and ethnic/social status.
In order to do this study, Ying proposed to hang out with a group juvenile delinquents and seeing what they do. The researcher seems to want to find one juvenile delinquent and get them to snowball sample in order to get a few people to watch the behaviors of.
Ying also hopes to interview these juvenile delinquents to see why they make the decision to commit crimes in certain areas. In addition to getting interview information from the juvenile delinquents, Ying hopes to interview police officers and security guards to see what areas they believe are high crime and why.
Ying has the proposed project to find out why the town of Tuen Mun in Hong Kong has high crime rates as compared to other Hong Kong cities. The researcher has a few ideas from past research, saying that environmental factors are often an issue correlated with crime rates. To figure out the exact reason why crime is so high in this particular city, Ying will observe and interview juvenile delinquents. Ying also proposes to interview security guards and police officers to get a full picture on the areas where there is an abundance of crime.