Addressing Fear of Crime in Public Space: Gender Differences in Reaction to Safety Measures in Train Transit

Research has identified several factors that affect fear of crime in public space. However, the extent to which gender moderates the effectiveness of fear-reducing measures has received little attention. Using data from the Chicago Transit Authority Customer Satisfaction Survey of 2003, this study aims to understand whether train transit security practices and service attributes affect men and women differently. Findings indicate that, while the presence of video cameras has a lower effect on women's feelings of safety compared with men, frequent and on-time service matters more to male passengers. Additionally, experience with safety-related problems affects women significantly more than men. Conclusions discuss the implications of the study for theory and gender-specific policies to improve perceptions of transit safety.


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N. Yavuz, “Addressing Fear of Crime in Public Space: Gender Differences in Reaction to Safety Measures in Train Transit,” URBAN STUDIES, pp. 2491–2515, 2010, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: