Geografie 2012, 117, 329-348

Criminality and its perception in the inner city: case studies of Žižkov and Jarov in Pargue

Jana Jíchová, Jana Temelová

Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Přírodovědecká fakulta, katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

Received September 2011
Accepted August 2012

The paper deals with residents’ perceptions of crime and safety using the example of two Prague inner city neighbourhoods – Žižkov and Jarov. Main focus is placed on the identification of crime hot spots and types of high-risk environments from the perspective of local residents. Attention is also paid to reasons that people associate with the existence of crime hot spots, and to a comparison of the perceived and real dangers of these places. The differences in the perceptions of various groups of residents are also noted. The paper thus continues a wider debate in scholarly literature discussing the impacts of demographic and environmental characteristics on perceived fear of crime.


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