The Urban Fabric of Crime and Fear

  • Vania Ceccato

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Vania Ceccato
    Pages 1-33
  3. Placing Fear on the Urban Scale

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Catherine Alexander, Rachel Pain
      Pages 37-53
    3. Ian Brunton-Smith, Jonathan Jackson
      Pages 55-82
  4. Micro-Urban Environments of Crime and Fear

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
      Pages 85-110
  5. Crime, Fear of Crime in Neighbourhoods and Their Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Vania Ceccato, Per Olof H. Wikström
      Pages 165-190
  6. The Context of Crime and Fear in Cities of Global South

  7. Actions for Safe Urban Environments

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 341-351

About this book


How does the city’s urban fabric relate to crime and fear, and how is that fabric affected by crime and fear? Does the urban environment affect one’s decision to commit an offence? Is there a victimisation-related inequality within cities? How do crime and fear interrelate to inequality and segregation in cities of developing countries? What are the challenges to planning cities which are both safe and sustainable? This book searches for answers to these questions in the nature of the city, particularly in the social interactions that take place in urban space distinctively guided by different land uses and people’s activities.  In other words, the book deals with the urban fabric of crime and fear. The novelty of the book is to place safety and security issues on the urban scale by (1) showing links between urban structure, and crime and fear, (2) illustrating how different disciplines deal with urban vulnerability to (and fear of) crime (3) including concrete examples of issues and challenges found in European and North American cities, and, without being too extensive, also in cities of the Global South.


City structure Crime and urban fortification in South Africa Crime in street networks Crime prevention Fear of crime Perceived safety Risk and vulnerability Safe urban environments Social contexts Tracking social life and crime Turf war in Rio de Janeiro Urban crime Urban fabric of crime and fear Urban offence and offender data Urban planning Urban security Vandalism and fear in neighbourhoods

Editors and affiliations

  • Vania Ceccato
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Urban Planning and EnvironRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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