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Unsafety in the City (Onveiligheid in de stad)

NCJ Number
Judicial Explorations (Justitiele verkenningen) Volume: 27 Issue: 1 Dated: 2001 Pages: 25-33
J. P. L. Burgers
Date Published
9 pages
This article examines the relationship between criminal activity and the fear of crime in urban areas in the Netherlands and the effect of new technology and socio-economic emancipation on the public’s fear of crime.
Since the 19th Century, the fear of crime has existed predominantly in urban settings in the Netherlands. This has been attributed to specific characteristics of the city presenting favorable conditions for criminal activities to thrive. Within urban environments, exists a large group of people representing all kinds of activities and subcultures and the existence of deprived neighborhoods generating or facilitating deviant and criminal activities. These activities then cause feelings of fear for both those living in and visiting cities. In recent years, it has been difficult to determine if the fear of crime has increased. An increase in the fear of crime has been seen with increased globalization and mobility. However, with the use of new technological devices and the socio-economic emancipation of minority groups, there may be the possibility of the opposite effect. Figures