oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Household characteristics and fear of crime

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



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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