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Half Locked?: assessing the distribution of household safety protection in Stockholm
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment. (CEFIN)
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to understand the adoption of household safety protection measures (HSPM) in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Researchers have suggested that motivations for adoption include victimization, fear, commercialization or insurance mandates. This study relies on criminology theories and principles of urban sustainability to interpret HSPM adoption. The analysis combines multiple data sources (Stockholm safety survey, socio-demographic statistics and newspapers vignettes) into a single framework in GIS. Binary logistic regression models are used to identify significant predictors of HSPM. These include perception of crime in the neighborhood, residential stability, socio-economic status, altruistic fear and control variables. Findings show that HSPM increases with perception of crime and altruistic fear but not with victimization. Household safety protection strategies differ according to tenancy type, city location and among those who rent, type of housing company. The article concludes with a discussion of future research questions on HSPM adoption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 97 p.
SoM EX, 2012-07
Keyword [en]
urban security, household safety, situational crime prevention
National Category
Civil Engineering Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-97692OAI: diva2:533610
Educational program
Degree of Master - Spatial Planning
2012-03-29, Seminar Room, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2016-06-03 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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