Micro Scale Environmental Characteristics and Fear of Crime

  • Eylem Akman Cinar Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey
  • Ebru Cubukcu Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey


This study investigated the relation between crime, fear, and micro level physical environmental features: physical incivilities, places that afford concealment (or refuge), limited prospect, and blocked escape. Low and high crime streets in Istanbul, Turkey was determined. Then 68 streets were selected via cluster random sampling and evaluated by two investigators at the site and by 127 people via photographs for perceived safety, upkeep (as an indicator of physical incivilities) the extent to which they afford wide vista (prospect) and easy escape and concealment opportunities, the density and height of trees, shrubs, and walls. Results supported the theory and the findings of previous empirical studies.

Keywords: Crime, Perception of safety, Fear, Prospect-refuge theory, Concealment, Incivilities

eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

How to Cite
CINAR, Eylem Akman; CUBUKCU, Ebru. Micro Scale Environmental Characteristics and Fear of Crime. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 7, p. 129-136, mar. 2018. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <https://aje-bs.e-iph.co.uk/index.php/ajE-Bs/article/view/265>. Date accessed: 27 jan. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v3i7.265.

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