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MANY STUDIES CONCLUSIVELY demonstrate that, for Americans, fear of crime is worse than crime itself. A person's risk of becoming a victim of serious street crime in the United States is relatively low. For example, only about 8percent of Americans were victimized in 2002, mostly by property crimes, and only 0.006 percent of Americans were murdered. Yet, according to several studies, more than half of Americans report being concerned with or afraid of crime.

Fear can be understood as an emotion, a feeling of impending harm to one's well-being. A dictionary definition of fear would include an unpleasant and strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, anxious concern, and anxiety or loss of courage caused by environmental circumstances. Fear of crime can be understood ...

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