Crime and community: Fear or trust?

Sandra Walklate

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The 'fear of crime' has been at the centre of political and policy debate for some time. The purpose of this paper is to examine critically the continued relevance of that debate in the light of findings from an in-depth two and a half year research project. The findings from that project suggest that the relation people have with crime, criminal victimization, and the fear of crime is mediated by the relevance of their relationship with their local community and their structural position within that community. Understanding the nature of these relationships suggests the question of trust is of greater value in highlighting who is and who is not afraid of crime.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-569
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Community
  • Fear of crime
  • Ontological security
  • Trust

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