Fear of property crime: Examining the effects of victimization, vicarious victimization, and perceived risk

Carrie L. Cook, Kathleen A. Fox

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Abstract

Fear of crime research has primarily focused on fear of crime in general or on fear of specific types of violent crimes. This study builds from this line of research by focusing exclusively on the night fear of six types of property crimes, including fear of burglary while away from home, vehicle theft, bicycle theft, property theft, vandalism, and vehicle burglary. This study examines the effects of victimization, vicarious victimization, and perceived risk on fear of property crime. Survey data from college students reveal that victimization and vicarious victimization were not significant predictors of fear of property crime, whereas perceived risk was a consistent and significant predictor of fear of all property crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-700
Number of pages17
JournalViolence and victims
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • College students
  • Fear
  • Perceived risk
  • Property crime
  • Vicarious victimization
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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