Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy

Putting Fear of Crime on the Map

Investigating Perceptions of Crime Using Geographic Information Systems

Authors: Doran, Bruce J., Burgess, Melissa B.

  • New application of GIS technology to understand people's perceived crime risk
  • Provides new theoretical framework for crime management down to the individual community level
  • Delivers detailed case studies, with broad theoretical and policy applications
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About this book

Since first emerging as an issue of concern in the late 1960s, fear of crime has become one of the most researched topics in contemporary criminology and receives considerable attention in a range of other disciplines including social ecology, social psychology and geography. Researchers looking the subject have consistently uncovered alarming characteristics, primarily relating to the behavioural responses that people adopt in relation to their fear of crime. This book reports on research conducted over the past eight years, in which efforts have been made to pioneer the combination of techniques from behavioural geography with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in order to map the fear of crime.

The first part of the book outlines the history of research into fear of crime, with an emphasis on the many approaches that have been used to investigate the problem and the need for a spatially-explicit approach. The second part provides a technical break down of the GIS-based techniques used to map fear of crime and summarises key findings from two separate study sites. The authors describe collective avoidance behaviour in relation to disorder decline models such as the Broken Windows Thesis, the potential to integrate fear mapping with police-community partnerships and emerging avenues for further research. Issues discussed include fear of crime in relation to housing prices and disorder, the use of fear mapping as a means with which to monitor the impact of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and fear mapping in transit environments.

About the authors

Dr Bruce Doran is a lecturer at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. His research interests relate to the applied use of GIS-based techniques to investigate urban and biophysical problems, with a particular focus on strategic management and Decision Support Systems (DSS). Over recent years he has been developing techniques to investigate spatio-temporal links between the fear of crime and the actual occurrence of crime.

Dr Melissa Burgess completed a PhD looking into spatio-temporal patterns of avoidance in Kings Cross, Sydney. She has worked as a spatial analyst with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research and is currently working for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Doran, Bruce J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Why Is Fear of Crime a Serious Social Problem?

    Doran, Bruce J. (et al.)

    Pages 9-23

  • What Causes Fear of Crime?

    Doran, Bruce J. (et al.)

    Pages 25-50

  • Managing Fear of Crime

    Doran, Bruce J. (et al.)

    Pages 51-65

  • Investigating Fear of Crime

    Doran, Bruce J. (et al.)

    Pages 67-94

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Putting Fear of Crime on the Map
Book Subtitle
Investigating Perceptions of Crime Using Geographic Information Systems
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series on Evidence-Based Crime Policy
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-5647-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-5647-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5646-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2985-2
Series ISSN
2197-5809
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 286
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