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Crime Prevention and Community Safety

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 46–60 | Cite as

The relationship between media portrayals and crime: perceptions of fear of crime among citizens

  • Meghan E. Hollis
  • Sharece Downey
  • Alex del Carmen
  • Rhonda R Dobbs
Original Article

Abstract

Fear of crime has been an area of increasing concern in criminological research in recent years. This is a study of (1) the relationship between media portrayals of crime and the prevalence of fear of crime, and (2) the key demographic correlates of fear of crime in the study community. The study resulted in three key findings. Results indicate several weak but positive relationships between media influence and fear of crime. Theoretical, research, and policy implications are discussed.

Keywords

Fear of crime Criminology Crime Communities and crime Media and crime Social media 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meghan E. Hollis
    • 1
  • Sharece Downey
    • 2
  • Alex del Carmen
    • 1
  • Rhonda R Dobbs
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Predictive and Analytic Police Science, School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic StudiesTarleton State UniversityFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic StudiesTarleton State UniversityStephenvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Criminal JusticeTarleton State UniversityFort WorthUSA

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