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NCJ Number: NCJ 242592     Find in a Library
Title: Prevention Monitor: Results of an Austria-Wide Survey on Fear of Crime and Experiences of Crime Victims
Author(s): Gerald Furian ; Matthias Gaderer ; Patrick Manzoni
  Journal: .Siak - International Edition: Journal for Police Science and Practice  Volume:3  Dated:2013  Pages:63 to 73
Date Published: 2013
Page Count: 11
  Annotation: This article presents an Austria-wide survey on fear of crime.
Abstract: The population's subjective sense of safety and fears of crime have become an increasingly hot topic in scientific circles and the wider public in recent years. Periodic surveys with consistent methodology had previously only been carried out in Austria. The Austrian Road Safety Board in conjunction with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences developed the "Prevention Monitor," a representative survey repeated at regular intervals. The first wave of the survey was carried out in 2011. In international comparison, Austria is in the lower midrange in terms of fear of crime. Around a quarter of those surveyed reported feeling "very" or "a bit" unsafe when out alone in their neighborhood after dark. Avoidance behavior in given situations, such as avoiding certain areas or avoiding public transport because of fear of crime, was chiefly observed among women. Despite an actual improvement in the crime statistics of crimes reported, Austrians tend to take a pessimistic view of crime trends, which indicates the need for further research into media influence. Victims of common offenses (attempted or successful burglary, fraud, physical attacks) are most frequently young men living in urban areas. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Media coverage ; Fear of crime ; Victimization surveys ; Victims in foreign countries ; Austria
Type: Survey
Country: Austria
Language: English
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