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Importance of Perceptions

Susan Smith (1989) summarises fear of crime: “Fear is more than simply awareness about crime, and more than concern about the problem of local deviance. …Rather, fear is a state of constant or intermittent anxiety: its effects reach beyond the prudent management of risk to impinge on public morale, individual well-being and the quality of social life.”

Garofalo (1981) connects fear of crime with the environment; “an emotional reaction characterised by a sense of danger and anxiety…produced by the threat of physical harm…elicited by perceived cues in the environment that relate to some aspect of crime

fear of crime will grow unless unchecked.

As an issue of social concern, it has to be taken as seriously

as…crime prevention and reduction” (Home Office 1989).

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