Some respondents experience more insecurity in deserted/abandoned areas, and in some streets, there is a connection between the perception that the street is deserted/abandoned and sense of insecurity.

However, our results still suggest that public incivilities are more fear-inducing than deserted/abandoned areas. New activity in an area will therefore not increase sense of security if it is perceived as "scary" (such as drunkenness) by the users. Hence, before implementing measures to stimulate activity, one should first establish what kind of activity that is perceived as reassuring.

Photo: Knut Opeide, Norwegian Public Road Administration


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