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Comparing Residents’ Fear of Crime with Recorded Crime Data—Case Study of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacky University Olomouc, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Department of Geoinformatics, VSB—Technical University of Ostrava, 708 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8(9), 401;
Received: 2 August 2019 / Revised: 2 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 September 2019 / Published: 8 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using GIS to Improve (Public) Safety and Security)
The fear of crime is an established research topic, not only in sociology, environmental psychology and criminology, but also in GIScience. Using spatial analysis to analyse patterns, explore hotspots and determine the significance of respective surveys is one reason for the increase in popularity of such research topics for geographers, cartographers and spatial data scientists. This paper presents the results of an intensive online map-based questionnaire with 1551 respondents from the city of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The respondents marked 3792 points associated with the fear of crime over a ten week period. The perception data were compared with recorded crime data acquired from police department records for the years 2015–2018. This paper explores the spatial autocorrelation from perceived hotspots and from recorded crime hotspots. Our findings fit into the literature confirming results about the locations that most frequently attract fear, but there is still room for more investigations regarding the links between recorded crime and the fear of crime. View Full-Text
Keywords: VGI; participatory mapping; crime mapping; PPGIS VGI; participatory mapping; crime mapping; PPGIS
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Pánek, J.; Ivan, I.; Macková, L. Comparing Residents’ Fear of Crime with Recorded Crime Data—Case Study of Ostrava, Czech Republic. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2019, 8, 401.

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