Données sociales : La société française - 2006 ed.
Insecurity: imagination and reality
One in seven people were worried about delinquency in their neighbourhood between 2000 and 2004, and one in fourteen felt unsafe in their house. Being a victim or witness of delinquency reinforced these feelings. The degradation of communal facilities in the neighbourhood seemed to exacerbate anxiety and burglaries reinforced the feeling of being unsafe in the home. Yet the link between anxiety, fear and experiencing delinquency is not automatic: victims do not necessarily experience these feelings, and worried or frightened people have not always been victims during the previous two years. Moreover, these two feelings do not affect the same people: anxiety may affect both men and women in more or less the same way, yet women more clearly display a feeling of being unsafe. This fear is felt by the very young or the very old, living in single-family houses or in rural areas. Anxiety particularly affects people living in densely-populated, poor areas, particularly in poor urban areas.