First Advisor

McGrath, Jack

Thesis Committee Member(s)

McGrath, Jack


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

62 pages


This research project looks at the 'fear of crime' as a concept that is valuable to law enforcement agencies, politicians, and the public. By examining past research, it can be concluded that 'fear of crime' is often studied through the use of victimization surveys despite methodology complications. 'Fear of crime' is studied quantitatively in this project in relation to media articles from The Denver Post from 2008-2010. By performing a longitudinal case study on these incidents, comparing past qualitative research on factors relating to 'fear of crime', and using content analysis of news articles, this study examined which factor if any influenced the 'fear of crime' in downtown Denver during this time period. The results of this study indicated that there is an over-representation of violent crime and 'Crime Against Persons' in the media for this three year period. While it appears that media representation had no discernible among 'fear of crime' results over the three year period, it does appear that this can be explained by social disorganization and disorder theory.

Date of Award

Summer 2012

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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