Research / Themes / Space and place / Contextual reactions to crime

Recent collaborative projects between graduate students and faculty have examined how reactions to crime like fear or perceptions of incivilities are contextually dependent. One project (Wang and Taylor) explored connections between site level features and fear as respondents took simulated walks down two alleys. Another (McCord et al.) examined impacts of near and far land uses on perceptions of crime and crime related problems. And a third (Wyant) reconsidered connections between fear and perceived risk after taking spatial dependencies into account.


Related faculty

Ralph Taylor

Jerry Ratcliffe


Selected publications

Wang, K., and Taylor, RB (2006). Simulated walks through dangerous alleys: Impacts of features and progress on fear. Journal of Environmental Psychology 26: 269-283.

McCord, E.S., Ratcliffe, JH, Garcia, RM and Taylor, RB (2007). Nonresidential crime attractors and generators elevate perceived neighborhood crime and incivilities. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 44: 295-320.
Wyant, BR (2008). Multilevel impacts of perceived incivilities and perceptions of crime risk on fear of crime. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 45: 39-64.