An-Najah University Journal for Research - B (Humanities)


The purposes of this study are to examine householders’ perceptions of fear of crime in Nablus city, to test the effect of independent variables (such as gender, age, education, place and type of residence, income, religiousness) and to explore the effects of social support and the neighborhood's environment on perceptions of householders' about fear of crime. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to a sample of 804 householders. The results indicated that the average value for the degree of fear of crime is less than the value of the cut average. The results also confirmed significant differences in fear's perceptions due to personal and social variables, except the variables of place and type of residence. Furthermore, the analysis showed that perceived social support and perceived neighborhood's environment context are weakly associated with householders’ fear of crime, while the informal social support had a medium correlation. The study concluded that the fear of crime in Nablus city is a social phenomenon that the society suffers from. The study provides several recommendations at levels of social policy, formal and informal institutions, mass media, and researches.