This paper examined the implications of urban
renewal and displacement for crime in Port Harcourt.
This paper also looked at the socio-economic effects of
massive urban renewal on the dwellers of Port Harcourt
and the measures that can be put in place to prevent the
hardship occasioned by urban renewal in Port Harcourt.
This study was anchored on social ecological, and hybrids
integrated theories approaches. The design of the study
was a descriptive survey. This study uses secondary data.
Content analysis was utilized to analyze the data to
achieve the objectives of the study. The study shows that
internal displacement, acute poverty, homelessness,
family breakdown, severe unemployment, depression,
economic recession, incomplete schooling and social
isolation are some of the socio-economic impacts of urban
renewal. in Port Harcourt. Displacements caused by
urban renewal have resulted to commercial sex, robbery,
cultism and political thuggery during elections, oil
bunkering, kidnapping, armed robbery, theft and
stealing. Also, the study revealed that planning, public
hearing, revocation of rights of occupancy, displacement
and relocation are measures that can be put in place to
prevent the hardship occasioned by urban renewal in Port
Harcourt. Consequently, the study recommends that
Nigerian Government should make urban renewal
exercise one that charges residents of communities likely
to be affected, takes them away, pays required
compensation, or if necessary relocates them before the
demolition action begins.
Keywords : Urban Renewal, Displacement, Implications, Crime.