Fear of Crime in Poland

Wojciech Cebulak, Minot State University

Because of lack of comprehensive research on fear of crime in Poland, determination of the seriousness of the phenomenon is not easy. Some research conducted in the 1990s attempted to measure the extent of fear of crime at three levels: the national level, the level of the place of residence, and the level of personal fear. This paper addresses, among others, the following issues: how Polish criminological theory deals with fear of crime, whether Polish people's feelings of safety and security have decreased since 1989, and how these data should be interpreted in the context of rising crime rates during the period of transformations taking place in Eastern Europe since 1989. Fear of crime is also discussed in the context of other social problems which are perceived by society as constituting a threat to the country.

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Updated 05/20/2006