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Predicting Feelings of Safety in Germany: The Influence of Criminal Victimization, Political Attitudes, and Other Social Factors
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Criminology (KR).
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Building on past research, this paper focuses on how previous victimization experiences, sympathy with a political party, and other social factors influence safety feelings at nighttime in public places in Germany. Using the micro-level theories from vulnerability and victimology, the study conducts an ordinal logistic regression analysis on data from a cross-sectional study conducted in 2019 on internal security in Germany commissioned by the German Federal Press and Information Office. Findings reveal that only some victimization experiences have a predicting impact on feelings of unsafety, namely harassment, online fraud, and theft have a significant effect. Further, the study showed that only sympathy for one party in Germany, the Alternative for Germany, has a significant predicting effect on fear of crime compared to not voting. Further gender differences were detected as females have a higher probability of feeling unsafe at night in public places.

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2023. , p. 18
Keywords [en]
criminology, fear of crime, trust in police, victimiaztion, vulnerability
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-60555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-60555DiVA, id: diva2:1766761
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HS Criminology
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Available from: 2023-06-21 Created: 2023-06-13 Last updated: 2023-06-21Bibliographically approved

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