Interpreting Fear, Crime, Risk, and Unsafety: Conceptualisation and Measurement
Whoever is interested in the history, concept and measurement of what has been called ‘fear of crime’, should read this book. It does not only criticise the current state of affairs, but gives alternatives for the status quo as well: a recipe for the valid and reliable measurement of this ‘fear of crime’. Both the conceptualisation and the operationalisation are discussed extensively. Three concepts are central to ‘fear of crime’, namely risk, victimisation and fear. An analysis of these three core concepts indicates that the way in which ‘fear of crime’ is currently understood, has no inherent necessity at all. In fact, ‘fear of crime’ has several meanings. This wide variety of interpretations is reflected in the measurement instruments that are developed. These different instruments result from two strategies. The first is based on the traditional indicators of ‘fear of crime’ and leads to measurement instruments of the five most important (sub) contracts. The second (novel) strategy enables the measurement of a concept’s meaning as well as one’s attitude regarding crime and safety. Both strategies are incorporated in the advice and guidelines on how ‘fear of crime’ is to be measured in the form of general ‘do’s and don’ts’.
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