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Assessing the relationship between individual characteristics, neighborhood context, and fear of crime

  • Scarborough, Brittney K.
  • Like-Haislip, Toya Z.
  • Novak, Kenneth J.
  • Lucas, Wayne L.
  • Alarid, Leanne F.
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    The purpose of this study is to examine citizens' fear of crime based on the neighborhood in which they live. Integrating individual characteristics, citizens' perceptions, and neighborhood structure provides a more complete perspective on understanding fear. Individuals were asked to report on proximate level of fear, social cohesion, neighborhood disorder and level of police/citizen satisfaction. Neighborhood structure emerged as a predictor of citizen's fear even after controlling for race, age, gender and education. Results indicated that perceived disorder neighborhood structure was strongly associated with citizens' fear of crime. Considering individual characteristics, perceptions of disorder, and neighborhood context simultaneously provides an opportunity to develop a more comprehensive understanding of fear and policies to reduce fear.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Criminal Justice.

    Volume (Year): 38 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 4 (July)
    Pages: 819-826

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    1. Hinkle, Joshua C. & Weisburd, David, 2008. "The irony of broken windows policing: A micro-place study of the relationship between disorder, focused police crackdowns and fear of crime," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 503-512, November.
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