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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Now even the fear of crime has gone digital

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New survey finds Americans were much more worried about having their credit card or smart phone hacked than they were of being burgled, mugged or even murdered

Virtual fear

There is growing concern about Cybercrime in most parts of the world with the media always ramping up coverage to coincide with pre-Christmas shopping – Cyber Monday, Black Friday etc.

However, I was still surprised by the findings of a recent Gallup poll in the USA.

It wasn’t just that 69% of respondents said that they frequently or occasionally worried about having credit information stolen by hackers.

It was the fact that people were much more worried about having their credit card or smart phone hacked than they were of being burgled, mugged or even murdered.

The ever useful Statista website has the details:
Infographic: Hacking Has Become Every American's Worst Nightmare | Statista

It will be interesting to see whether fear of hacking starts featuring in British national and local crime surveys.

 

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