Do police officers fear crime in the same way as the population?

Results of a local police survey on insecurity and fear of crime in Switzerland

Authored by: Christine Burkhardt , Natalia Delgrande , Patrice Villettaz

The Routledge International Handbook on Fear of Crime

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138120334
eBook ISBN: 9781315651781
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Insecurity and fear are two epistemological categories that are often perceived as interchangeable. The error here is that insecurity is difficult to separate from subjective “feeling”. When it is possible to distinguish objective security (such as recorded crime rates) from subjective security (perception of the seriousness of a crime among a particular group), the interdependence between insecurity and feeling becomes less clear. Even if an objective security context is relatively good, there can still be a high degree of fear. We expect that the opposite can also occur.

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