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NCJ Number: 229829 Find in a Library
Title: Functional Fear and Public Insecurities About Crime
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:1-22
Author(s): Jonathan Jackson; Emily Gray
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: London Metropolitan Police
London SW14 0B6, England
Publisher: http://www.oup.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper discusses fear and insecurities about crime.
Abstract: Fear of crime is widely seen as an unqualified social ill, yet might some level of emotional response comprise a natural defence against crime? Our methodology differentiates between a dysfunctional worry that erodes quality of life and a functional worry that motivates vigilance and routine precaution. A London-based survey shows that one-quarter of those individuals who said they were worried about crime also viewed their worry as something akin to a problem-solving activity: they took precautions; these precautions that made them feel safer; and neither the precautions nor the worries reduced the quality of their lives. Fear of crime can therefore be helpful as well as harmful: some people are both able and willing to convert their concerns into constructive action. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): England; Fear of crime; Foreign criminal justice research; Motivation; Personal Security/Self Protection
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