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Locational Factors

Locational factors can increase the risk of racist crime. The most obvious is any current or recent history of racial incidents in the locality. Known perpetrators living in or nearby can also increase the possibility of incidents. In addition environmental factors (seclusion, poor street lighting, etc) may increase the risk of racist crime.

Sampson, A. & Phillips, C. (1995) Reducing Repeat Racial Vicitmisation on an East London Housing Estate. Police Research Group Paper. Crime Detection & Prevention Series: No. 67.

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/policerspubs1.html

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A study of racist victimisation lists ten risk factors that emerged from interviews with victims. These were:

  • skin colour

  • cultural / religious identification

  • children playing / creating noise

  • disputes between neighbours

  • being the only Asian / black family in the area

  • being new to the area

  • having a white partner

  • living next to perpetrators

  • gangs of young people hanging around

  • use of local space.

(Chahal, K. & Julienne, L. (1999) We Canít All be White! Racist Victimisation in the UK. Joseph Rowntree Foundation & YPS)

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