Journal article

Suburban neighbourhood design: Associations with fear of crime versus perceived crime risk

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

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

Strategies that reduce fear of crime may contribute to improved health outcomes; however interventions require a better understanding of the neighbourhood correlates of both emotional responses to crime (i.e., fear of crime) and cognitive assessments of crime (i.e., perceived crime risk). This study explored the association between objective measures of suburban design and two safety outcomes: perceived crime risk and fear of crime, for participants who lived in new suburban housing developments in Perth, Western Australia. The characteristics of a walkable neighbourhood, particularly retail land, were associated with less fear of crime, but greater perceived crime risk. One interpretation i..

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