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Why are we so worried about crime when rates are actually falling?

The latest Ipsos poll of 1000 people around Australia found that Victorians are more worried about crime than respondents in any other state: 40 per...

While this may not be much of a news story to many readers, it is alarming for those of us who study public opinion about crime and justice issues that such a large proportion of people place crime as their…

  • Karen Gelb
  • The Age

Research on public opinion about crime and justice has shown remarkable consistency in findings over the past 50 years and in many different countries.

Regardless of whether crime rates go up or down, there are some key factors that affect people’s perceptions about crime.

For example, studies…

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