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Security Journal

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 9–19 | Cite as

Inter-relationships between Perceptions of Safety, Anti-social Behaviour and Security Measures in Disadvantaged Areas

  • Alex Hirschfield
  • Kate J Bowers
  • Shane D Johnson
Research Article

Abstract

This paper explores variations in perceptions of safety in different locations and at different times of the day, drawing upon results from a baseline survey of 289 respondents carried out in Merseyside, north-west England. A number of ‘safety scenarios’ in and around residents' homes are explored, and variations in perceived safety during the day, in the evening and at night examined. The influence of other factors on perceived safety, including experience of crime, awareness of anti-social behaviour and the number of home security measures, is tested. The paper concludes with an assessment of what has been found and how far it accords with expectations.

Keywords

Perceptions of safety anti-social behaviour home security 

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Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Hirschfield
    • 1
  • Kate J Bowers
    • 2
  • Shane D Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Reader in the Environmental Criminology Research Unit, University of Liverpool
  2. 2.Research Fellow in the Environmental Criminology Research Unit, University of Liverpool
  3. 3.Research Fellow in the Environmental Criminology Research Unit, University of Liverpool

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