Fear of Crime Law and Legal Definition

Fear of crime refers to the fear of being a victim of crime as opposed to the real chance of being a victim of crime. Fear of crime can be characterized into public feelings, thoughts and behaviors about the personal risk of criminal exploitation. Factors determining the fear of crime include public insights of neighborhood stability and breakdown, circulating representations of the risk of victimization, and some broader factors such as anxieties about crime, expressing anxieties about the pace and direction of social change. It is to be noted that a lack of educational opportunities and a generalized fear of crime are not permissible grounds for asylum.