Public Insecurities About Crime: A Review of the British Research Literature
London School of Economics & Political Science: Department of Methodology
University of Sheffield
South Bank University
University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology
November 18, 2008
Jackson, J., Farrall, S., Hough, M. and Bradford, B. (2009). ‘Public insecurities about crime: A review of the British research literature’, in Jokinen, A., Ruuskanen, E., Yordanova, M., Markov, D. and Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy
This paper reviews the British research literature on fear of crime. Organised in three sections, the review begins with an analysis of how fear of crime has been variously been defined and measured. The second section outlines (a) levels of fear of crime and (b) trends and trajectories over the past few decades. The third examines the various explanations put forward for the roots and dynamics of public insecurities about crime.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: fear of crime, survey measurement, vulnerability, risk perception, social perception, disorder
JEL Classification: I00Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 19, 2008 ; Last revised: March 11, 2013
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