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Do Neighborhoods Generate Fear of Crime?: An Empirical Test Using the British Crime Survey.

Brunton-Smith, IR and Sturgis, P (2011) Do Neighborhoods Generate Fear of Crime?: An Empirical Test Using the British Crime Survey. Criminology, 49 (2). pp. 331-369.

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Abstract

For a long time, criminologists have contended that neighborhoods are important determinants of how individuals perceive their risk of criminal victimization. Yet, despite the theoretical importance and policy relevance of these claims, the empirical evidence base is surprisingly thin and inconsistent. Drawing on data from a national probability sample of individuals, linked to independent measures of neighborhood demographic characteristics, visual signs of physical disorder, and reported crime, we test four hypotheses about the mechanisms through which neighborhoods influence fear of crime. Our large sample size, analytical approach, and the independence of our empirical measures enable us to overcome some of the limitations that have hampered much previous research into this question. We find that neighborhood structural characteristics, visual signs of disorder, and recorded crime all have direct and independent effects on individual-level fear of crime. Additionally, we demonstrate that individual differences in fear of crime are strongly moderated by neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics; between-group differences in expressed fear of crime are both exacerbated and ameliorated by the characteristics of the areas in which people live.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Brunton-Smith, IRUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sturgis, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 30 May 2011
Identification Number : 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00228.x
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Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the following article: Brunton-Smith IR, Sturgis P. Do Neighborhoods Generate Fear of Crime?: An Empirical Test Using the British Crime Survey. Criminology 49(2):331-369 30, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00228.x
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 May 2014 08:22
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/15379

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