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‘Give My Bike Back’: An Evaluation of Citizen Investigation Regarding Bicycle Theft in the City of Enschede

Waanders, W.J. (2019) ‘Give My Bike Back’: An Evaluation of Citizen Investigation Regarding Bicycle Theft in the City of Enschede.

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Abstract:In recent years, citizen participation in criminal investigations has begun to play an increasingly important role. Citizens are able to assist the police in certain tasks that do not require specialist training, such as surveillance. Earlier survey research has been done as to how the factors in the Community Engagement Theory (CET) can motivate citizens to participate in police investigations. However, research as to how these factors influence the actual experience citizens have when participating in criminal investigations has not yet been done. This paper aims to research this influence, by interviewing four residents of the city of Enschede whose bike had been stolen. These citizens were given instructions by the police on how to conduct an investigation. After two weeks, these participants were contacted and were interviewed regarding their experience with the instructions, judgement regarding the CET factors trust, empowerment, self-efficacy and response efficacy, and general experience during their investigation. Results showed that especially trust and empowerment had a positive effect on the experience of citizens during their investigation. Response efficacy was also indicated as having a positive influence on the experience of participants, but was divided because of participants’ negative expectations of retrieving their bike. The influence of self-efficacy was not clearly determined. For future research, investigating the influence of self-efficacy, response efficacy, as well as the possible risks of high empowerment is advised.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Clients:
Politie Oost-Nederland, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 77 psychology, 86 law
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78408
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