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Fear of crime and fear reduction strategies

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 44

P N Grabosky
ISBN 0 642 22735 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 1995


This paper reviews what is known about fear of crime in Australia. A number of strategies are suggested for the reduction of fear which appear to have met with some success, either in Australia or overseas. Grabosky notes that policy makers should proceed with caution as some crime prevention initiatives actually create crime and generate more fear.