Reassessing Fear of Crime: The Role of Broad Insecurities

RSN-PCC Working Paper No. 17-001

61 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2017

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Emmanuel Garcia

Asian Institute of Management

Jamil Paolo Francisco

Asian Institute of Management

Rose Ann Camille Caliso

Asian Institute of Management - Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness

Date Written: January 8, 2017

Abstract

Recent political developments have seen appeals to widespread fear of crime being used to gain popular support. While fear of crime may be intuitively linked to personal vulnerability and past victimization, the persistence of high levels of fear, despite declining crime rates or low vulnerability among fearful groups, have prompted researchers to investigate other sources of fear of crime. We tested the hypothesis that fear of crime can be predicted by broad insecurities in financial standing, employment, children’s education, health maintenance, disaster preparedness, and human rights protection. Multivariate regression analysis showed that these broad insecurities have a significant underlying influence on fear of crime. Our results suggested that public perceptions of safety depend not only on tough policing and “cleaning up” communities, but also on providing economic opportunities, developing human capital, and securing people’s wellbeing.

Keywords: Fear of Crime, Diffuse Anxiety, Broad Insecurities

JEL Classification: Z13, Z18

Suggested Citation

Garcia, Emmanuel and Francisco, Jamil Paolo and Caliso, Rose Ann Camille, Reassessing Fear of Crime: The Role of Broad Insecurities (January 8, 2017). RSN-PCC Working Paper No. 17-001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2895837 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2895837

Emmanuel Garcia (Contact Author)

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

Jamil Paolo Francisco

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila
Philippines

Rose Ann Camille Caliso

Asian Institute of Management - Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness ( email )

Philippines

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