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Criminals and Victims$
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W. David Allen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804762526

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804762526.001.0001

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The Decision to Report

The Decision to Report

(p.216) Chapter 9 The Decision to Report
Criminals and Victims
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Every person understands that crime victimization could occur and many resort to various forms of self-protection as a means of preventing it. The reporting of crime to police represents another important recourse potentially available to the victims. This chapter discusses the factors that affect the decision to report and examines why some victims choose not to report. When the actual victim reports, investigative pursuit may or may not occur. If a victim does not report, a witness might report instead, and again, investigative pursuit may or may not happen. The chapter addresses whether reporting by the actual victims or by witnesses immediately compels the police to investigate and if so, under what circumstances.

Keywords:   victimization, self-protection, reporting, police, victims, investigative pursuit, witness

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