Fear of crime in Israel: A multidimensional approach

Gideon Fishman, Gustavo S. Mesch

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Fear of crime may express not just fear for oneself but also for others. This research aims to study the different dimensions of fear of crime and to explore if different kinds of fear are affected by different factors. Methods. Data were gathered from a survey of a random sample of the population in the third largest city in Israel. Factor analysis was used to establish the different dimensions of fear of crime and OLS regression to study the correlates of different fears. Results. Fear of crime was found to be a concept composed of four dimensions: fear of family victimization, fear of personal victimization, fear of violent crime, and fear of white collar crime. Only the perception that too many criminals reside in one's neighborhood was found to be significant in all the dimensions of fear. Conclusions. The results suggest fear of crime is a multidimensional variable composed of the concern for one's family as well as about one's self-victimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-89
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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