Published: 2020-09-081

A microscale study on perception of dangerous places. The case of Gniezno, Poland

Emilia Bogacka , Anna Siniecka
Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Administratio Locorum
Section: Articles


Research on the sense of security in Polish crime geography has been developed since the end of the 20th century. The studies conducted focus primarily on the overall assessment of a city or town, or its selected parts, using survey questionnaires. This study is an attempt to address the issue of the sense of security and, in particular, perception of dangerous places, at a microscale level. The focus of the paper is, first, to identify dangerous places in Gniezno using a survey and second, to analyse them using complementary methods: desk research, interviews with police officers, field inventory and photographic documentation. The research was carried out in the years 2017–2019. The sense of security, both regarding the city as a whole and selected urban spaces, was higher during the day. The places most frequently indicated by the respondents as dangerous, regardless of the time of day, were: Tajwan, Cierpięgi street, the Old Town and parks. Difficult past and the image of the place play a crucial role in the safety perception.


geography of crime, subjective research on crime, sense of security, threat of crime, medium-sized city

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Bogacka, E., & Siniecka, A. (2020). A microscale study on perception of dangerous places. The case of Gniezno, Poland. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Administratio Locorum, 19(3), 137–148.

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