Since the 1970's numerous empirical studies have examined fear of crime. Key theoretical constructs emerging from this literature include: age, gender, social cohesion, social incivilities, and perceptions of police. While these three constructs have received extensive empirical support from both cross-sectional and longitudinal projects, they have been based in western liberal democratic nations. Accordingly, little is known about fear of crime within smaller, island nation states. Using a large sample (n = 480) from the Maldives, the current study seeks to examine: a) the extent of fear of crime within the Maldives, and b) the extent to which previous theoretical constructs can be generalised to other population areas. The findings indicate considerably higher levels of fear of crime in the Maldives than other western liberal democratic societies and that previous theoretical constructs are associated with variations in fear of crime. Policy implications are discussed.
January 2015 - December 2017
In collaboration with the Maldives Police and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
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