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Undermining criminality : a study about crime detection by citizens

Dammann, G. (2020) Undermining criminality : a study about crime detection by citizens.

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Abstract:Undermining criminality describes a form of organized crime that merges the legal and the illegal world, by allowing criminals to hide their criminal doings behind a legal facade. This study aimed to investigate whether the recognition of signs of undermining crime depends on the individual-related as well as the institutional-related psychological drivers of the Community Engagement Theory (CET). An online questionnaire with 53 participants was used to answer this research question. The results of this study showed a correlation between risk-perception and the number of correctly recognized signs of undermining crime and between self-efficacy and the correct identification of these signs. Nevertheless, it was not possible to predict an effect of any of the psychological drivers, neither the individual-related drivers nor the institutional-related drivers, on the number of correctly identified signs of undermining criminality. Concluding, there are some psychological drivers that have an influence on crime detection, the relationship between these drivers and crime detection still needs to be further investigated. Keywords: Undermining Crime, Community Engagement Theory, CET, Crime Recognition, psychological drivers, Crime Reporting, Crime Detection
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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