Is There a Fear of Crime and Personal Safety in Nashville Tennessee?
This study investigated the correlation between gender, age, race, the precincts/areas of town in which people live, education, marital status and how those affect people’s fear of crime. The participants of the study were asked various questions to determine if, or how, the aforementioned independent variables affect the dependent variable, fear of crime, such as. Predictors of fear of crime include how much they trust the police, what times of day they feel safer in their neighborhoods, whether Neighborhood Watch (NW) or Home Security System (HSS) make people safer, whether officers police poor neighborhoods as well as they police wealthier neighborhoods, etc. This study was done using quantitative research with an aim of obtaining statistical data, by using simple convenience sampling to measure the fear of crime amongst the citizens of the Metro Nashville, TN area. A survey was administered to 150 residents of the Metro Nashville TN area, eighteen years or older. Each participant was asked a total of sixteen multiple choice questions, six demographic questions and ten personal safety questions. After analyzing the data collected from the surveys, two of the six variables could not reject the null hypothesis, and four of the six variables could reject the null hypothesis. The study indicated that gender and precinct were not able to show enough statistical significance to reject the null hypothesis. Age, race, education, and marital status was able to show enough statistical significance to reject the null hypothesis.
"Is There a Fear of Crime and Personal Safety in Nashville Tennessee?"
ETD Collection for Tennessee State University.