oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Household characteristics and fear of crime
|Article Title||Household characteristics and fear of crime|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 *Department of Sociology, University of Zululand. **Department of Criminal Justice, University of Zululand|
|Publication Date||Jan 1998|
|Pages||56 - 63|
|Keyword(s)||Abduction, Assault, Burglary, Cognitive, Hijacking, Household composition, Irrational, Living alone, Measuring fear, Mugging, Murder, Negative emotional reaction, Rape, Robbery, Social control and Type of housing|
Warr (1990:894) considered the presence of other persons in the immediate environment to be a ""... critical variable in determining individuals' sense of safety"". Being alone is said to provoke fear because an isolated individual is seen as an easy target for victimisation; and individuals believe that if there are other people in the vicinity, they will come to a person's aid in the event of an attack.
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