Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Fear of Crime
Karen A. Snedker
Fear of crime is a complex phenomenon. It is also an important one, because how people feel about and react to crime is a major influence on how they lead their lives and how society deals with crime. Fear of crime involves a variety of emotional and judgmental responses to crime, and it includes one's fear of being a victim; fear that a family member, neighbor, or friend will be a victim; fear of property loss or damage; and one's assessment of the risk faced by oneself, significant others, or one's property. The general topic also includes a range of subjective states, from irrational responses to vague threats and media-driven anxiety to personal evaluations of the level of perceived threat or risk. During the past three decades, social scientists have done extensive research on assessing the fear of crime. Studying such a complex topic and the emotional reactions of people ...