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Hiding in plain sight : detecting subversive crime and reporting it to police

Ovelhey, C. (2021) Hiding in plain sight : detecting subversive crime and reporting it to police.

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Abstract:Citizen engagement in the police domain becomes more and more important and simultaneously, citizens are offered new options to interact with and support the police. In fighting a hidden form of criminality, called subversive crime, citizens can help by recognising the correct signs for subversive crime and reporting them. The main goal of this study was to assess the extent to which individuals are able to recognise signs of subversive crime. Subsequently, it was investigated whether recognition of signs and other psychological mechanisms predict the intention to report signs of subversive crime to the police. Participants’ recognition of subversive crime and its effect on reporting intention was assessed, as well as the clues that participants used to declare a place as criminal. Further, it was investigated whether the willingness to report criminal signs increased with scoring higher on drivers on the individual, institutional and community level of the Community Engagement Theory. In total, 181 German citizens participated in the online study. Results indicate that recognising signs of subversive crime was a positive predictor for reporting intentions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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