Exploring fear of crime and promoting personal safety for young adults

Cartwright, Antonia (2013) Exploring fear of crime and promoting personal safety for young adults. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    To reduce fear of crime and improve personal safety is to increase quality of life. Fear of crime has been reported to cause distress and withdrawal, and is an under researched phenomenon in young adults. Broader research methods are needed to explore current issues and socio-psychological influences. This research aimed to explore fear of crime in young adults and identify ways to promote personal safety. The objectives were firstly, to gain a better understanding of fear of crime for 18 to 25 year olds; secondly, to identify preventative measures that this age group perceive as effective to avoid victimisation; and thirdly, to identify useful ways to promote safety awareness issues to this age group. This primary research employed a mixed methods approach consisting of a predominantly quantitative survey of 100 respondents, a qualitative focus group of eight individuals, and qualitative interviews of three further volunteers. The research findings supported some traditional notions of fear of crime, such as a gender divide, but did not support other previous findings, such as a link between fear and previous victimisation. Concepts of awareness and risk perceptions were found to have greater utility than the term fear. Participants suggested a range of useful safety measures, information and communication methods, with a particular emphasis on local advice from within the community. This research suggests that organisations should utilise local safety campaigns to potentially reduce both fear and incidence of crime. Future research should explore how this may vary for wider populations and how this service could be developed to allow young adults to further express their concerns and share advice with others.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 15:04
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14397

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