Media influence on perception of crime
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Media outlets’ influence on individual perceptions of crime has increased over the years. Crime related events have become a way to increase ratings and revenue. This is a study of the (1) relationship between media perception of crime and society’s fear and also (2) the effect this media perception of crime has on specific elderly, female and minority demographics and their fear of crime. The survey method for the study is a questionnaire, delivered by social media and to undergraduate criminology classes. The hypothesis tests outside factors such as race, gender, income, education, marital status, and residence. The sample population consisted of 83 participants. The results indicate outside factors do influence individuals’ misperceptions on fear of crime.