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Research note : an investigation of cybercrime victims' reporting behavior

Lies De Kimpe (UGent) , Michel Walrave, Thom Snaphaan (UGent) , Lieven Pauwels (UGent) , Wim Hardyns (UGent) and Koen Ponnet (UGent)
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Even though the dark number is especially high for cybercrimes, it is unclear by whom and to whom cybercrime is reported. Therefore, this study will answer the following questions: (1) who reports cybercrime incidents, and (2) to whom do victims report cybercrime? Analyses based on survey data including 334 recent cybercrime victims, indicate that 73.4% of victims do not report the incident. Cybercrime victims who do report are significantly older. In addition, 40.4% of the reporting victims notified the police, while others contacted a wide diversity of organizations. Based on these results, awareness raising campaigns should especially encourage young victims to report cybercrime incidents to the police. It would moreover be useful to appoint and promote a more centralized reporting channel.
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cybercrime, reporting, victimization, dark number, policing, POLICE, CRIME

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De Kimpe, Lies, et al. “Research Note : An Investigation of Cybercrime Victims’ Reporting Behavior.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, vol. 29, no. 1, 2021, pp. 66–78, doi:10.1163/15718174-bja10019.
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De Kimpe, L., Walrave, M., Snaphaan, T., Pauwels, L., Hardyns, W., & Ponnet, K. (2021). Research note : an investigation of cybercrime victims’ reporting behavior. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 29(1), 66–78. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718174-bja10019
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De Kimpe, Lies, Michel Walrave, Thom Snaphaan, Lieven Pauwels, Wim Hardyns, and Koen Ponnet. 2021. “Research Note : An Investigation of Cybercrime Victims’ Reporting Behavior.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 29 (1): 66–78. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718174-bja10019.
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De Kimpe, Lies, Michel Walrave, Thom Snaphaan, Lieven Pauwels, Wim Hardyns, and Koen Ponnet. 2021. “Research Note : An Investigation of Cybercrime Victims’ Reporting Behavior.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 29 (1): 66–78. doi:10.1163/15718174-bja10019.
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De Kimpe L, Walrave M, Snaphaan T, Pauwels L, Hardyns W, Ponnet K. Research note : an investigation of cybercrime victims’ reporting behavior. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. 2021;29(1):66–78.
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L. De Kimpe, M. Walrave, T. Snaphaan, L. Pauwels, W. Hardyns, and K. Ponnet, “Research note : an investigation of cybercrime victims’ reporting behavior,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 66–78, 2021.
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  author       = {{De Kimpe, Lies and Walrave, Michel and Snaphaan, Thom and Pauwels, Lieven and Hardyns, Wim and Ponnet, Koen}},
  issn         = {{0928-9569}},
  journal      = {{EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CRIME CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE}},
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  language     = {{eng}},
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  title        = {{Research note : an investigation of cybercrime victims' reporting behavior}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718174-bja10019}},
  volume       = {{29}},
  year         = {{2021}},
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