Future Avenues for Fear Mapping: Potential Applications and Improvements

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


The research described in the Wollongong and Kings Cross studies was conducted over an eight-year period and had the common goal of developing a suite of techniques which drew on behavioural geography and GIS in order to map fear of crime. Both studies also had a strong strategic focus and sought to integrate fear-mapping outputs with localized fear-of-crime reduction initiatives. Many of these local-level management implications have been discussed in detail towards the end of the Wollongong and Kings Cross chapters. In assessing the outcomes and limitations of the research presented in this book, it is evident that there are a number of logical research avenues and future applications of fear mapping. It is our hope that, more broadly, ‘putting fear on the map’, will give rise to a set of techniques that are transferable to different contexts. We view fear of crime as a multifaceted problem where there is no ‘silver bullet’ available which will deal with the issue in all situations. Rather, a balanced or considered management response will draw upon a range of approaches. Fear mapping provides important ‘where and when’ information, and an additional layer of information, that to date has not been available in a relevant or useable form to the institutions responsible for addressing fear of crime. In this chapter we outline some areas where the research presented in this book could be extended more broadly, and areas where the field is currently lacking.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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