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NCJ Number: 158231 Find in a Library
Title: Explaining Fear of Crime in Queensland
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:271-287
Author(s): C Carcach; P Frampton; K Thomas; M Cranich
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 17
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A model to explain fear of crime in Queensland, Australia, is developed and fitted to data from the 1991 Queensland Crime Victims Survey (CVS).
Abstract: The CVS used a stratified cluster design with a sample size of 7,530 households, of which 6,315 completed personal interviews. The main survey objective was to estimate the volune and nature of crime in Queensland over the 12-month period prior to the CVS. A secondary objective was to obtain information on crime types, location, and time of occurrence and on fear of crime variables. An empirical model was applied to CVS data, and fear of crime was measured from answers to a question about feelings of safety when respondents walked alone in their area after dark. Results suggested that factors such as gender, age, poverty, educational level, labor force status, level of incivility in the area, perceived level of crime in the area, and neighborhood cohesion had an impact on fear of crime. The value of the empirical model in formulating crime prevention strategies is discussed. 22 references and 7 tables
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime analysis; Crime in foreign countries; Fear of crime; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign crime statistics; Mathematical modeling; Victimization surveys; Victims in foreign countries
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