Hispanic/Latino(a)s Fear of Crime in Comparison to White Males and Females
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The purpose of this research was to examine if the Hispanic/Latino(a)s population expressed higher levels of fear of crime in comparison to their Non-Hispanic (White) counterparts. A total of 488 Hispanic/Latino(a)s and Non-Hispanic (White) participants were self-selected to participate in this study. The independent measures include education, past victimization, neighborhood incivilities, perceived informal social control, race/ethnicity, and gender. The only dependent measure used in this study was fear of crime. Results indicated that Hispanic/Latinos(a), neighborhood incivilities, and gender were significant predictors of fear of crime. Vulnerability theory was used in tandem to explain why fear of crime occurs within the Hispanic/Latino(a)s population.