Property crime victims' decision to notify the police: social, cognitive, and affective determinants                


 
Author(s)Greenberg, Martin S., and Scott R. Beach
Title Property crime victims' decision to notify the police: social, cognitive, and affective determinants
Source Law and Human Behavior, Apr 2004, Vol 28, Iss 2, pp177-186
Date 2004
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This study examined the cognitive, affective and socially driven processes of victims' decisions to notify the police after a property crime. The sample consisted of 432 property crime victims, burglary and theft, in Pennsylvania. The results showed that approximately 46% of the victims reported the crime to the police. This study was the first to demonstrate that there are three  processes of victims of property crime reporting to police that appear to operate independently of each other. One important unexpected finding was that burglary victims were approximately three and a half times more likely to report the crime than theft victims. The authors discuss implications for future research in this area and suggest one question that needs exploring is whether reporting decisions of victims of violent crime are more affect driven than those of property crime victims.
Keywords Property crime; reporting; crime victims; community; burglary; theft 
Topic

Victimisation