By T. & S Kitchen
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So, we wouldn’t go so far as those who would seek to dismiss the whole idea of fear of crime, or to say that it is really something else entirely, although we certainly take very seriously their important cautionary words about not over-reacting to suggestions that fear of crime is being allowed to become a dominating element in urban discourses. For us, fear of crime really starts to have a meaningful effect when it changes people’s behaviour, especially when, through modifying the physical environment (often by doing simple things such as improving lighting or removing overgrown landscaping), it is sometimes possible to make places feel less intimidating and therefore to make them more likely to be used.
Source: Adapted from the material on the UK government’s Crime Reduction website, at www. 1. e. independent of crime levels), and one that requires a tailored response. The European Crime Prevention Network, in its study of evaluated projects designed to reduce fear of crime in localities across Europe, concluded that there were so few reliable studies yet available that it was premature to produce lists of good practices that could be expected to be reliably replicated. The Network suggested as a consequence that a combination of interventions was probably more likely to be successful than any single intervention by itself, and offered the following as being likely to be useful as part of approaches of this nature: Our approach to this book 9 • Work to increase community cohesion.
Pp. 47 and 48) This research agenda constitutes a huge undertaking which would be likely to take a considerable period of time, not just in doing the work but in brokering acceptance in particular of the methodological standards that constitute the ﬁrst three points. But it does represent an attempt to try to put some sort of scale to the issue of fear of crime which will help to keep it in perspective (and without forgetting some of the more challenging ideas about what expressions of fear of crime might really represent), and as such it would surely be a desirable agenda to work through if this could be achieved.