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Modeling Fear of Crime in Dallas Neighborhoods: A Test of Social Capital Theory

NCJ Number
Crime & Delinquency Volume: 53 Issue: 2 Dated: April 2007 Pages: 322-349
Date Published
April 2007
28 pages
This article examines individual's perceptions and their relationship with the surrounding community.
This study tested a model of the effects of different predictors on individuals' levels of fear of crime in Dallas neighborhoods. Given its dual focus on individual perceptions and community-level interactions, social capital theory was selected as the most appropriate framework to explore fear of crime within the neighborhood milieu. A structural equation model was developed and tested. Several positive influences of social capital on lowering fear were identified, including police presence in the neighborhood, social support networks, neighborhood satisfaction, and collective efficacy. This study suggests that social capital can be mobilized as a public safety, community resource in high-crime neighborhoods. (Published Abstract) Figures, tables, and references

Date Published: April 1, 2007