Reality != Perception but Perception > Reality
The pattern of fear does not equal the pattern of reality
“Although fears of being victimised are widely held and influence behaviour in space, they are to real levels of risk” (Evans 1989)
“It is the fear, , of victimisation which creates most of the stress… The police actually witness and discover very few offences, citizen vigilante groups have disbanded out of the frustration of seeing nothing to report; crime prevention should focus on its passive role of allying fear as well as on its active role as a deterrent to offenders.” (Herbert 1982)
This may seem controversial. Why exaggerate?
So is Fear more important?