Differences in Attitudes towards Theft between British and Romanian Students


Fear of crime as a subject has received increasing levels of attention from scholars over the years. The phenomenon has been explored across diverse crimes and cultures with varying results, the better part of the literature revolving around general fear of overall crime, serious offences and Western, English-speaking countries. Adopting a more focused approach to the subject, the present study considers a lower-level crime, namely personal theft, and its effects on students in Romania as well as the UK. The aims of the project were to explore the differences in fear of crime characteristics such as sensitivity to risk and perceived likelihood of victimisation at a country level, to compare physical and psychological responses to theft, and to assess the influence of external factors such as the media. It was found that Romanian students experience significantly more fear and awareness of possible threats in almost any context. Trust in the police and reporting attitudes were highly similar between the two countries. Romanian students’ attitudes towards theft were affected by both media influences and exposure to theft information through the social network, while British students were only sensitive to the latter. Several other relationships between variables are explored throughout the study. Possibilities for future research as an expansion of this topic are proposed.


Romania, theft, victimisation, fear of crime, comparative criminology, students

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Gorcea, A. D., (2019) “Differences in Attitudes towards Theft between British and Romanian Students”, Fields: journal of Huddersfield student research 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/fields.579


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Alexandra Diana Gorcea (University of Huddersfield)





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