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In International journal of environmental research and public health ; h5-index 73.0

Previous literature has examined the relationship between the amount of green space and perceived safety in urban areas, but little is known about the effect of street-view neighborhood greenery on perceived neighborhood safety. Using a deep learning approach, we derived greenery from a massive set of street view images in central Guangzhou. We further tested the relationships and mechanisms between street-view greenery and fear of crime in the neighborhood. Results demonstrated that a higher level of neighborhood street-view greenery was associated with a lower fear of crime, and its relationship was mediated by perceived physical incivilities. While increasing street greenery of the micro-environment may reduce fear of crime, this paper also suggests that social factors should be considered when designing ameliorative programs.

Jing Fengrui, Liu Lin, Zhou Suhong, Song Jiangyu, Wang Linsen, Zhou Hanlin, Wang Yiwen, Ma Ruofei


China, fear of crime, neighborhood incivilities, social integration, street-view greenery