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NCJ Number: 65721 Find in a Library
Title: EXTENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION AND THE NATURE OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARDS CRIME - REPORT 1978
Author(s): J J M VANDIJK
Corporate Author: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
Research and Documentation Centre
Netherlands
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: THIS DUTCH REPORT DISCUSSES PUBLIC ATTITUDES ABOUT CRIME AND SOURCES OF THOSE ATTITUDES, PUBLIC FEAR OF CRIME, VICTIMIZATION EFFECTS ON CRIME FEARS, AND CONCERN ABOUT CRIME RATES AMONG VARIED ECONOMIC GROUPS.
Abstract: THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THE PUBLIC IS GREATLY CONCERNED ABOUT INCREASING CRIME RATES AND FEARS. RESEARCH INDICATES THAT CRIME IN GENERAL AND MURDER IN PARTICULAR ARE AMONG THE MOST POPULAR CONVERSATION TOPICS. NEVERTHELESS, PEOPLE ARE LESS AFRAID OF BEING VICTIMS OF CRIME THEMSELVES, ALTHOUGH CONSIDERABLE FEAR OF VIOLENCE EXISTS. STUDIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA INDICATE LITTLE CONNECTION BETWEEN PERSONAL FEELINGS OF UNSAFETY AND POLITICAL CONCERN FOR HIGH CRIME RATES EXCEPT IN HIGH CRIME AREAS, WHERE FEAR IS INSPIRED BY VIOLENT CRIME. PURCHASING HOME SAFETY DEVICES IS INFLUENCED MORE BY PERSONS' HAVING A GREAT DEAL OF PROPERTY RATHER THAN BY FEAR OF CRIME. NEVERTHELESS, THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN CRIME VICTIMS FEAR CRIME MOST. CONCERN OVER CRIME RATES IS EQUALLY PREVALENT IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS, WITH URBAN DWELLERS REPORTING NO GREATER FEAR OF CRIME, ALTHOUGH CITIES SUFFER GREATER CRIME RATES. ANALYZING FEAR OF CRIME AMONG DIFFERENT SEX, AGE, AND SOCIAL GROUPS YIELDS MANY DIFFERENT RESULTS, WITH WOMEN FEARING CRIME MUCH MORE THAN MEN. THE ARTICLE CONCLUDES WITH A STUDY OF CRIME CONCERN AMONG THE POOR, MIDDLE-AGED, AND ELDERLY; AND DISCUSSION OF CRIME IN THE NEWS MEDIA AND HOW THE PUBLIC ASSIMILATES IT. SINCE FEAR OF CRIME IS INDEPENDENT OF CRIME RATES, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT POLICE FORCES INCREASE PATROLS TO REASSURE PEOPLE. A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime Rate; Fear of crime; Media coverage; Netherlands; Personal Security/Self Protection; Public Attitudes/Opinion; United States of America; Victimization; Western Europe
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