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Title: Perceived insecurity and fear of crime in a city with low crime rates
Author: Valera, Sergi
Guàrdia Olmos, Joan
Keywords: Seguretat ciutadana
Psicologia ambiental
Public security
Cities and towns
Environmental psychology
Issue Date: 17-Feb-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: Fear of crime is one of the most important problems in our cities, even in low-crime rate areas. The aim of this paper is to provide evidence of the issues involved in the perceived risk of victimization and fear of crime in these contexts using the Structural Equation Model (SEM) technique. Five hundred and seventyone people living in a working-class neighborhood of Barcelona answered a 45-item questionnaire including the following 7 constructs: perception of insecurity, previous threat experiences, social representations of insecurity, personal control and coping skills, potential aggressors, urban identity, and perceived environmental quality. Findings confirm the theoretical model, in which fear of crime is structurally related to: a) environmental features, b) personal variables, and c) social representation of unsafe places. In addition, we found that the role of social aspects is as important as that of environmental and psychological ones. Residential satisfaction and urban social identity appear as relevant variables.
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It is part of: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2014, vol. 38, p. 195-205
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ISSN: 0272-4944
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