Fear of crime and traditional mass media: An exploratory study with Venezuelan university students

  • Juan Antonio Rodríguez
Keywords: Fear of crime; mass media; college students; Venezuela.


This article analyzes the effect of consumption of news about lack
of security, crime and the overwhelming effect on becoming a
victim of crime (fear of crime). For this, a sample of 199 students
from the Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela was
used. The results of this study indicates that students get their
news through TV and the press on events primarily related to
crime, that levels of fear of becoming a victim are significant, and
there is also, a positive and significant relationship between these
levels and consumption of news related to lack of security and