Determinants of reporting cybercrime: A comparison between identity theft, consumer fraud, and hacking

Steve G. A. van de Weijer, Rutger Leukfeldt, Wim Bernasco

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Abstract

Although the prevalence of cybercrime has increased rapidly, most victims do not report these offenses to the police. This is the first study that compares associations between victim characteristics and crime reporting behavior for traditional crimes versus cybercrimes. Data from four waves of a Dutch cross-sectional population survey are used (N = 97,186 victims). Results show that cybercrimes are among the least reported types of crime. Moreover, the determinants of crime reporting differ between traditional crimes and cybercrimes, between different types of cybercrime (that is, identity theft, consumer fraud, hacking), and between reporting cybercrimes to the police and to other organizations. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-508
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume16
Issue number4
Early online date19 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • Crime reporting
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In: European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.07.2019, p. 486-508.

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