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Ascertaining the sense of safety in urban neighborhood streets : the case of Kotahena, Sri Lanka

Show simple item record Karunananda, S Rajapakse, A Rathnayaka, R 2019-07-31T05:09:50Z 2019-07-31T05:09:50Z
dc.description.abstract Streets are primary elements through which the character of urban neighborhoods are experienced and expressed. The “sense of safety” in neighborhood streets is paramount to social and psychological wellbeing of its residents and visitors. The intention of this study was to explore environmental and social cues of a neighborhood, which evoke fear of crime, which will help designers to prevent the generation of such negative feelings and promote more safe and comfortable spaces in our cities. This study used interviews, group discussions and observations to identify fear-generating factors with a sample of participants in the multi ethnic neighborhood of Kotahena in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Field data was analyzed through visual documentation and photographic surveys. Moreover, group discussions, interviews and personal observations were used to synergize the study objectives. The findings inform that fear of crime on streets is influenced by both environmental and social cues to varying degrees. Feelings of fear were associated with gender, ethnicity and less familiarity with the place as participants were from an ethnic minority within the community. Literature has emphasized that fear of crime has a connection to actual crime locations. The research findings, however, indicate that fear of crime spots identified by the residents do not have a direct relationship to the actual crime locations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject environmental cues, fear of crime spots, sense of safety, social cues en_US
dc.title Ascertaining the sense of safety in urban neighborhood streets : the case of Kotahena, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Conference-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Architecture en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Town and Country Planning en_US
dc.identifier.year 2015 en_US
dc.identifier.conference 3rd International Conference on Cities, People and Places - (ICCPP - 2015) en_US Colombo en_US
dc.identifier.pgnos pp. 448 - 464 en_US
dc.identifier.doi en_US

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