Feelings of unsafety in the residential environment were examined in a field study in two Dutch cities. Four different types of measurement were used in interviews with 160 residents of four neighbourhoods. Respondents (1) pointed out 'unsafe' locations on a neighbourhood map; (2) answered general questions about the frequency and intensity of feelings of unsafety; (3) indicated wether of not they would experience feelings of unsafety in particular, specified real-life situations; (4) gave their own accounts of what for them constituted a situation provoking feelings of unsafety