Journal article

Planning safer suburbs: Do changes in the built environment influence residents' perceptions of crime risk?

Sarah Foster, Lisa Wood, Hayley Christian, Matthew Knuiman, Billie Giles-Corti

SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

A growing body of evidence has reiterated the negative impacts that crime and perceptions of insecurity can have on the health and wellbeing of local residents. Strategies that reduce residents' perceived crime risk may contribute to improved health outcomes; however interventions require a better understanding of the neighbourhood influences on residents perceptions of crime and safety. We examined the impact of changes in the objective built environment following relocation on changes in residents' perceived crime risk for participants in a longitudinal study of people moving to new neighbourhoods in Perth, Western Australia (n = 1159). They completed a questionnaire before moving to their..

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Grants

Awarded by Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowships


Awarded by NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) (#11828) and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grant (#LP0455453). The first and second authors are supported by Healthway Health Promotion Research Fellowships (#21363 and #20693 respectively), the third author by a NHMRC/National Heart Foundation Early Career Fellowship (#1036350) and the last author by an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow Award (#1004900). The Western Australian Land Information Authority ((C)2003), Western Australian Department of Planning provided the spatial data, and crime locations were supplied courtesy of the Western Australia Police.