Public Insecurities About Crime: A Review of the British Research Literature

Jackson, J., Farrall, S., Hough, M. and Bradford, B. (2009). ‘Public insecurities about crime: A review of the British research literature’, in Jokinen, A., Ruuskanen, E., Yordanova, M., Markov, D. and Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy

18 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2008 Last revised: 11 Mar 2013

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Jonathan Jackson

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Methodology

Stephen Farrall

University of Sheffield

Mike Hough

South Bank University

Ben Bradford

University College London - Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Date Written: November 18, 2008

Abstract

This paper reviews the British research literature on fear of crime. Organised in three sections, the review begins with an analysis of how fear of crime has been variously been defined and measured. The second section outlines (a) levels of fear of crime and (b) trends and trajectories over the past few decades. The third examines the various explanations put forward for the roots and dynamics of public insecurities about crime.

Keywords: fear of crime, survey measurement, vulnerability, risk perception, social perception, disorder

JEL Classification: I00

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Jonathan and Farrall, Stephen and Hough, Mike and Bradford, Ben, Public Insecurities About Crime: A Review of the British Research Literature (November 18, 2008). Jackson, J., Farrall, S., Hough, M. and Bradford, B. (2009). ‘Public insecurities about crime: A review of the British research literature’, in Jokinen, A., Ruuskanen, E., Yordanova, M., Markov, D. and Ilcheva, M. (eds.), Review of Need: Indicators of Public Confidence in Criminal Justice for Policy, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1303610 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1303610

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Stephen Farrall

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Mike Hough

South Bank University ( email )

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Ben Bradford

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