Understanding Flight Intentions of Residents in Crime-ridden Neighbourhoods


Goh, Gerald Guan Gan and Low, Boon Yee and Lau, Siok Hwa and Hew, Wee Lim (2019) Understanding Flight Intentions of Residents in Crime-ridden Neighbourhoods. In: 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (ICSDG2019) Achieving SDGs: Rising to the Challenge, 30-31 July 2019, Olive Tree Hotel, Penang, Penang, Malaysia.

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Purpose - Crime has been a major inhibitor to sustainable development and neighbourhoods with rampant crime are often deserted as residents move to safer areas. Nonetheless some residents are resilient. This paper identifies how communities of practice and knowledge sharing behaviour prevents residents from leaving the neighbourhoods. Design/methodology/approach - The study was conducted in two stages; first the list of highcrime neighbourhoods was obtained from the local police, followed by a survey of residents living in the area. The data obtained was then analysed using structural modelling by partial least squares (PLS-SEM). Findings - Findings revealed that in spite of high crime, many do not have intention to leave given their own resilience. Residents have also formed communities of practice (CoP) against in combating crime; nonetheless this was ineffective in enticing them to stay unless bolstered by satisfaction towards the neighbourhood. Practical implications - The findings provide recommendations to local planning authorities how safety may be incorporated into neighbourhood regeneration initiatives through community engagement programmes. Social implications - This paper provides enables understanding how perceptions of safety may be bolstered, to prevent urban flight and ensure perpetuity of traditional housing estates. Originality/value - This paper investigates the inner-workings how crime is linked to housingoriented behaviour through empirical investigation

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social sustainability, crime, neighbourhood, housing, urban flight, residential turnover, flight from blight.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001-6182 Business
Divisions: Faculty of Business (FOB)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2022 02:29
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2022 02:29
URII: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/9334


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