An investigation into variations in crime recording and fear of crime across the city of Portsmouth

Goulbourne, Ian (2006) An investigation into variations in crime recording and fear of crime across the city of Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This independent study examines personal experiences of crime, fear of crime, and the relationship between the two across four different areas in the city of Portsmouth. The relationship between officially recorded crime figures and the actual experiences of residents is examined. Differences evident in the personal experiences of crime of those in each of the study locations, as well as the different demographic groups within them, are explored along with analysis of the potential reasons for these differences. Variance in the fear of crime of residents of the four locations and by the different demographic groups, and the extent to which this relates to actual experiences of crime, is investigated. Other potential influences on fear of crime such as the role of the media and experiences of an individual's housemates and acquaintances are explored. The study examines key theories in crime literature that relate to these subjects. Analysis is based on the results of primary research in the form of a quantitative survey, and a secondary source- the official crime figures for the areas being examined. The article concludes by discussing potential weaknesses in the research, and making suggestions on how investigation into these topics can be developed further.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13

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