Fear of Crime Ch. 4
A Safe and Secure Environment for Older Australians
Australian Institute of Criminology Research and Public Policy Series No. 51 2003
"if Patriotism is the last refuge of a Scoundrel,
surely Community Safety is the last refuge of a Vigilante"
"Where the authorities fail us, vigilantes fill the vacuum"
are committed by strangers.
"Or else they have had children, and Jill Meagher very much appeared to be
a younger version of themselves.
So there is very much a sense of 'it could have been me.'”
Dr Kirsty Duncanson, a social scientist of Latrobe University. says this victim "emblematically represented" the new Brunswick demographic of “young, white, middle class, UNIVERSITY EDUCATED, professional women”,
many “newly married, or in long-term relationships and contemplating having children.
Or else they have had children, and Jill Meagher very much appeared to be a younger version of themselves. So there is very much a sense of 'it could have been me.'”
To Dr Duncanson, she was given a “personhood” by some media, particularly the ABC, who were very CLOSE to the story.
The swiftly unfolding investigation, through video footage, social media and mainstream media, added to the intimacy.
A crime that shook our city