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Environmental interventions to reduce fear of crime

posted on: May 28, 2013


Fear of crime is linked to poor health, yet improvements to the built environment may be able to reduce fear of crime, and therefore may also have the potential to improve health.  This systematic review conducted comprehensives searches to identify previous research on this topic.  Studies of environmental interventions were examined and assessed for quality.  Forty seven studies were identified, most from the UK.  There is some suggestion that home security improvements, and non-crime related environmental improvements may reduce fear of crime.  But there is little suggestion that fear of crime is affected by street lighting improvements, CCTV, or multi-component environmental crime prevention programmes.   There is a insufficient evidence to know whether reductions in fear of crime do lead to improvements in health.