Fear of crime and overall anxieties in rural areas

The case of Sweden

Authored by: Vania Ceccato

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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Fear of crime is not typically considered a conventional policing matter and seems to be even less of an issue in rural communities, where crime rates are generally lower than in urban areas. One reason for this is that the police, as well as those who devote their time to crime prevention and policing, often work reactively, requiring an offense to be committed before any action can be taken. Another problem is that fear (of crime) may be triggered by the trauma of victimisation, though that is not its only source. Anxieties are fed by multi-scale factors, which make fear a difficult issue to be tackled as a policing matter. Despite a vast literature on fear (Box et al. 1988; Ceccato 2012; Ferraro 1995; Gray et al. 2008; Hale 1996; Hummelsheim et al. 2010; Jackson and Gouseti 2012; Jonathan Jackson and Gray 2010; Lagrange and Ferraro 1989; Murray 2007, 2011), relatively little focus has been given to the nuances of fear in rural contexts (but see e.g. Scott et al. 2012; Panelli et al. 2004; Ceccato 2016; Lee 2007).

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