Campus Crime Alerts and Their Relationship To Perceived Risk of Victimization and Fear of Crime
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For several decades, campus crime, fear of crime, victimization, and the perception of victimization have all been principal concerns for campus administrators and have piqued the interest of the research community. A deep understanding of the nature of campus crime and victimization, as well as addressing the issues of fear of crime and perceptions of risk, have been made available by different studies. With the passage of the Clery Act of 1998, institutions of higher learning were mandated to make the campus community aware of both the different campus prevention programs offered and timely information/alerts on crimes on campus, as a means of risk reduction on the individual level. However, no research investigates the relationships between these crime prevention efforts, specifically, the campus crime alerts, on perceived risk of victimization and fear of crime, and in turn, these associations on efforts to take protective action. This study begins to ﬁll this void by examining responses to web-based surveys administered to convenience samples of students enrolled at a large southwestern university. Findings from this study add to the literature on campus crime by determining what relationship campus crime alerts have with the perception of victimization and fear of crime of the campus community as well as the measures individuals take to protect their own safety. Limitations of this study, directions for future research, and related policy implications for universities are also discussed.