Differences with the Safety Monitor

The Cybersecurity & Cybercrime primarily aims to map cybercrime victimisation among citizens as accurately as possible. From this perspective, the pilot study comprises a much broader and more detailed set of questions to measure cybercrime victimisation than the Safety Monitor. Unlike the Safety Monitor, the pilot study starts by asking respondents whether they have fallen victim to online crimes in the past five years. Only afterwards are they asked whether this has also been the case in the past twelve months. This reduces the risk of telescoping, i.e. to recall an event but report that it happened more recently than it actually did. In addition, the pilot study focuse7s on various types of fraud in greater detail. Questions surrounding online shopping fraud have also been improved. More detailed information has been gathered on hacking computer equipment or accounts. This enables a better defined demarcation of victimisation caused by this type of crime. Furthermore, greater emphasis has been put on interpersonal online incidents such as stalking, threats etc. Where necessary, the questionnaire consists of open questions allowing respondents to formulate their own answers and put forward issues.
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