WIT Press


Environmental Features And Sense Of Safety

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC130321

Volume

179

Pages

12

Page Range

377 - 388

Published

2013

Size

66 kb

Author(s)

R. Ratnayake

Abstract

This paper reports on a study that examined the degree environmental features contribute to a fear of crime among university students in a regional city context. It informs how environmental and social features jointly influenced a fear of crime in relation to the subjective experience of individuals’ identifiable characteristics, which for this study, comprised of students with either domestic or international Asian status. The study utilised self-reporting walk and autophoto elicitation to analyse feelings of safety at different sites across the Central Business District of Bendigo, Victoria. The findings indicate students are more likely to express higher levels of fear about crime in public places at night when the design of those areas provide for lower visibility, more spaces for concealment, and lower numbers of people in close proximity Keywords: CBD, environmental design, fear of crime, university students.

Keywords

Keywords: CBD, environmental design, fear of crime, university students.