fear of crime

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The anxiety of becoming a victim of crime. The fear may be genuine and well founded but is often irrational and not supported by analysis of the true situation. For example, there may be a common fear that older people cannot go out in safety because of the likelihood of being robbed, whereas in reality they are the sector of the population least likely to be victimized in this way. Such irrational fear is often directed towards strangers and leads to popular and media calls for stronger laws and police powers.

Subjects: Law.

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