Fear of Crime and Perceived Risk

Lynn A. Addington

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Fear of Crime and Perceived Risk

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Fear of crime constitutes a topic of significant interest for criminologists and has generated an extensive body of research. This focus is likely due to the fact that many more people experience fear of crime than experience an actual criminal victimization. Defining “fear of crime” has generated some controversy and no single agreed-upon definition exists. Fear of crime has included “a variety of emotional states, attitudes, or perceptions” (Warr 2000, p. 453, see General Overviews). More contentious is equating fear of crime with perceived risk. The most recent treatment of fear of crime clearly distinguishes these two constructs and views perceived risk as preceding and causing fear. In an attempt to bring greater clarity to this area of study, a few researchers have advocated to use “fear of victimization” as a more precise term rather than “fear of crime” (Warr and Stafford 1983, see Theoretical Explanations and Perceived Risk). Most researchers and studies, however, use these terms interchangeably.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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