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Managing Fear of Crime

  • Bruce J. Doran
  • Melissa B. Burgess
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Part of the Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy book series (SSEBCP)

Abstract

It is frequently argued that one of the fundamental components of criminology is its role of providing useful information to inform crime prevention policy (e.g. Cozens et al., 2001; Koskela and Pain, 2000). Crime prevention policies and procedures are those designed to reduce actual and perceived levels of crime (Wagner, 1997). The responsibility of addressing fear of crime generally falls upon police services but is recognized as a serious issue for many other organizations. While Stanko (2000) suggests crime and fear reduction is the responsibility of individuals, the focus of this chapter is to examine collective crime prevention initiatives. A collective response to crime involves any ‘activity in which unrelated individuals act jointly to do something about crime’ (Dubow et al., 1979). In the context of fear of crime, the challenges to successful collective action are diverse and complex. Research suggests that community involvement in fear-reduction strategies can help reduce the fear of crime experienced by members of the public and that the responsibility of addressing fear of crime should be taken up by a range of organizations.

Keywords

Crime Prevention Gated Community Situational Crime Prevention Police Brutality Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fenner School of Environment & Society, The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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