Home type affects your fear of crime: Study

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Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:40 AM ET

Your home can affect how much you fear becoming a victim of crime, suggests a new Ryerson University study.

Heather Rollwagen, an assistant sociology professor at the Toronto school, studied data collected from more than 15,000 people Canada-wide and concluded that those who live in apartments are more likely to fear crime in their neighbourhoods than those who live in other types of housing.

“This is explained by the fact that they’re less likely to know their neighbours,” she said. “But at the same time, they’re less likely to be fearful in their homes at night compared to people who live in single detached homes.”

Rollwagen looked at Statistics Canada data collected in 2009 as part of a yearly national survey on social trends.

 

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