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TO FEAR OR NOT TO FEAR ON CYBERCRIME

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Author(s): Igor Bernik | Bojan Dobovšek | Blaž Markelj

Journal: IIASS : Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences
ISSN 1855-0541

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Cybercrime | Perception | Fear | Threats | Opinion

ABSTRACT
To understand cybercrime and its various forms, one must be familiar with criminality in general. How individuals perceive crime, and how much they fear it is further influenced by news media (Crawford, 2007). Van Duyne (2009), who monitored criminality, wrote about changes which started to be noticed twenty years ago and have shaped a new Europe, a territory without inner borders, and so with more mobility and opportunities for the Europeans. But these novelties and changes in the way we work have also caused certain new problems. It can be said that perpetrators of crimes, who are no longer hindered by state borders, now know no geographical limitations. Vander Baken and Van Daele (2009), for example, have researched mobility in connection to transnational criminality. Von Lampe (2007) has established that perpetrators no longer act individually, but frequently work in cooperation with one another. Crime and mobility are being “greased” by money, and have become a part of everyday life (Van Duyne, 2009). An individual’s perception and understanding of criminality is also biased on certain cultural myths in regard to crime (Meško and Eman, 2009).

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