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Effects of Fear of Crime

It ruins the sense of community and makes some places “no-go” areas.

Wealthy people protecting themselves or moving from the area, this may lead to crime being displaced onto those already suffering.

It could lead to people being disillusioned with the criminal justice system, with a feeling of helplessness. This could lead to vigilante groups or even lynch mobs.

When people are afraid, they change their habits. They tend to stay at home more. When they go out they avoid “dangerous” activities like taking public transport, walking down a certain road, being near certain “types of people” etc.

For people fearing victimisation at any time,

    a journey outside the home,  (or even within it) is

    “like walking through a minefield”

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