The Effects Of The Fear Of Crime

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When discussing the fear of crime it is referred to the fear of being a victim of crime as opposed to the actual probability of being a victim of crime (Hale, 1996). Although the fear of crime can be differentiated into thoughts and behaviours about the personal risk of being a victim of crime, public feelings, and there are many differences that can be made between seeing the situations are fearful and the actual experience while being in those situations, also the media and how it reports crime can have an effect on the way people view fear of crime. Such as hearing about certain events that have taken place through the media and knowing that other individuals have been a victim tends to raise the perceptions of the risk of victimisation …show more content…
Within the period of time from 1990 to 1998, the number of killings, which account for 0.1% of all arrests had decline by more than 30% whereas the reporting’s on television had strongly increased, and had covered more than one quarter of the media coverage that was examined. White collar crime such as fraud doesn’t really get reported very often, as it is not interesting enough for the media coverage or it is seen lower down within the justice department, this is because crimes that are seen to be more unusual will have more chance to get picked up by the media. The media will tend to show killings that are committed by strangers, however in reality this is not the case, as the victim in most cases will know their killer. A murder case will most likely get more media coverage than a domestic abuse case, Vanderveen has said that ‘reports in the media follow stereotypical patters, such as stranger rapes, outside in the dark, someone waiting in the bushes versus the innocent, modest victim. We know that’s not the case, as most rapes take place with a familiar persons, women are more likely to get severely victimise inside their homes

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