Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/108853
Authors: 
Rieckmann, Johannes
Schanze, Jan-Lucas
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Economic Bulletin [ISSN:] 2192-7219 [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 12 [Pages:] 178-186
Abstract: 
The most common method of measuring subjective fear of crime in the general population has traditionally been through surveys. With the spread of digital technologies, however, data from social media and search engines could now help researchers learn more about people's subjective perceptions of certain types of crime. The present article will show that although the analysis of data from social media and search engines is not suitable as an indicator of actual crime levels in Germany, it can certainly be a cost-effective supplement to traditional methods of collecting data on perceived crime levels.
Subjects: 
crime
crime statistics
indicator
perception
security
social media
social network
search engine
JEL: 
H79
K42
R12
Z18
Document Type: 
Article

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