Fear of property crime: examining the effects of victimization, vicarious victimization, and perceived risk

 

Author(s)Cook, Carrie L., and Kathleen A. Fox
Title Fear of property crime: examining the effects of victimization, vicarious victimization, and perceived risk
Source Violence and Victims, 2011: Vol 26, No 5, pp684-700
Date 2011 
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examines the effects of victimisation, vicarious victimisation and perceived risk on fear of property crime. Several types of property crime were examined, including burglary while not home, vehicle burglary, and vehicle, bicycle, and property theft. The research sample consisted of self-report surveys collected from university students enrolled in criminology courses. One significant finding was that the gender effect is less pronounced for fear of property crime with women only significantly more afraid of burglary while they were away from home. An unexpected finding was that victimisation was not a significant predictor of fear of property crime. The authors conclude that the most noteworthy findings from the study are regarding perceived risk and found that perceived risk was the most robust and consistent predictor among fear of all property crimes.
Keywords Victimisation; property crime; risk; fear; theft; burglary. 
Topic Victimisation; property crime; non-violent crime