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Putting Fear of Crime on the Map: Investigating Perceptions of Crime Using Geographic Information Systems (Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy)

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Putting Fear of Crime on the Map

Investigating Perceptions of Crime Using Geographic Information Systems (Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy)

By Bruce J. Doran, Melissa B. Burgess

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Format: Hardback, 286 pages, 2012 Edition
Other Information: 14 Tables, black and white; XVIII, 286 p.
Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
Since first emerging as an issue of concern in the late 1960s, fear of crime has become one of the most researched topics in contemporary criminology and receives considerable attention in a range of other disciplines including social ecology, social psychology and geography. Researchers looking the subject have consistently uncovered alarming characteristics, primarily relating to the behavioural responses that people adopt in relation to their fear of crime. This book reports on research conducted over the past eight years, in which efforts have been made to pioneer the combination of techniques from behavioural geography with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in order to map the fear of crime. The first part of the book outlines the history of research into fear of crime, with an emphasis on the many approaches that have been used to investigate the problem and the need for a spatially-explicit approach. The second part provides a technical break down of the GIS-based techniques used to map fear of crime and summarises key findings from two separate study sites. The authors describe collective avoidance behaviour in relation to disorder decline models such as the Broken Windows Thesis, the potential to integrate fear mapping with police-community partnerships and emerging avenues for further research. Issues discussed include fear of crime in relation to housing prices and disorder, the use of fear mapping as a means with which to monitor the impact of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and fear mapping in transit environments.

Table of Contents

Foreword and dedication Chapter 1: IntroductionThe emergence of fear of crime as an area of researchThe paradoxical nature of the fear of crimeResearch into the fear of crime in different sites and situationsCurrent trends in fear of crime research Chapter 2: Why is fear of crime a serious social problem?Individual reactionsHypothesised inks between the fear of crime, disorder and crimeEconomic impacts of behavioural responses to fear of crimeChapter review: problems not to be ignored and a need for spatially-explicit research Chapter 3: What causes fear of crime?Criminal opportunity and risk of victimisation theoriesDemographic theories explaining fear of crimeSocial theories explaining fear of crimeEnvironmental theories explaining fear of crimeChapter review: an opening for pertinent environmental studies Chapter 4: Managing fear of crimePolicing fear of crimeSocial solutions to fear of crimeEnvironmental design and fear of crimeChapter review: police, community and government cooperation Chapter 5: Investigating the fear of crimeDefining fear of crimeMeasuring fear of crimeAnalysing fear of crime dataChapter review: a new direction with avoidance mapping Chapter 6: The Wollongong Study The goals of the Wollongong study Research Setting Fear of crime survey and analysis Discussion of spatial outputsDiscussion of activity diary analysis: The discrepancy between emotion-based fear in relation to daily routines and global measures of fearIntegrating the key spatio-temporal findings with police and community initiatives in Wollongong: the degree of institutional involvement Assessments of techniques and approaches developed in the Wollongong Study Chapter 7: The Kings Cross StudyThe goals of the Kings Cross study Research SettingFear of crime survey and analysisResults and discussionThe dissonance between traditional global measures and crime-specific avoidance-based questionsWhere are people afraid of crime?Safe areas and cognitive barriersImplications for policy, planning and practice Chapter 8: Future avenues for fear mapping: potential applications and improvements Has collective avoidance behaviour change in Wollongong and Kings Cross? Investigating behavioral responses in relation to different types of crime Further avenues for investigating links between fear, crime and disorder Broken Windows theory in the transit context Fear mapping in and advances in spatial technology

About the Author

Dr Bruce Doran is a lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. His research interests relate to the applied use of GIS-based techniques to investigate urban and biophysical problems, with a particular focus on strategic management and Decision Support Systems (DSS). Over recent years he has been developing techniques to investigate spatio-temporal links between the fear of crime and the actual occurrence of crime. Dr Melissa Burgess completed a PhD looking into spatio-temporal patterns of avoidance in Kings Cross, Sydney. She has worked as a spatial analyst with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and is currently working for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

EAN: 9781441956460
ISBN: 1441956468
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 centimetres (0.62 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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