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The complex theory of neighborhood safety: the influence of physical- and social characteristics on neighborhood safety in the five main cities of Overijssel

Takken, K. (2014) The complex theory of neighborhood safety: the influence of physical- and social characteristics on neighborhood safety in the five main cities of Overijssel.

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Abstract:Every person in the Netherlands wants to live in a peaceful and safe environment. Although municipalities strife for this ideal, the reality is commonly different. The general assumption within the complex theory of neighborhood safety is that the physical and social characteristics of neighborhoods influence the safety levels within neighborhoods. This thesis will test this assumption with the main question formulated as follows; “Which social and physical factors influence neighborhood safety in 2012 in the main cities in Overijssel and what kind of interventions can be recommended to sustain or increase neighborhood safety?” With the use of 21 hypotheses, multiple theories are tested with the use of partial regression analyses, whereby the data is derived from the five main cities in Overijssel: Enschede, Zwolle, Almelo, Hengelo and Deventer. The main conclusion of this research question is that both the objective safety and subjective safety are influenced by different characteristics. Only the distance and the percentage of the non-vacant dwelling influence both components of neighborhood safety, where the percentage of the non-vacant dwellings will be very important for the development of (social) interventions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65548
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