A new study found that people who live in areas where there are more than 100 burglaries per 100,000 residents reported higher levels of panic, guilt and fear, and they also experienced more physical symptoms than people who lived in areas with fewer burglaries.
Researchers at Boston University and the University of Southern California compared the mental health of about 20,000 American adults who had lived in cities where they were burglarizing and those who hadn’t.
Researchers said that people in areas of high burglaries reported more feelings of anxiety and depression, more panic and guilt, and more symptoms of psychological distress.
The study, published in the journal Criminology, found that in areas that experienced more burglaries, people with higher levels the risk of panic disorder and other psychological symptoms.
People living in areas were also more likely to report having higher levels than those who lived elsewhere of anxiety disorders and other anxiety-related disorders, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In addition, people living in cities with high burglars were also at higher risk of being physically attacked.
People in high burglar areas also reported feeling more guilty for their actions, the study found.
“This may be an unintended consequence of a criminal’s motivation to commit a crime,” the study said.
The findings were based on interviews with people who were living in a neighborhood in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.
The researchers said that the results could not be generalizable to people living elsewhere.