Title

Exploring the crime of identity theft: Prevalence, clearance rates, and victim/offender characteristics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2004.10.007

Abstract

Although the crime of identity theft has garnered a great deal of media attention, relatively little empirical research existed on the prevalence of the crime, its clearance rate by arrest, or the demographic characteristics of the victims and the identifiable offenders. The purpose of this article is to expand the knowledge of this growing crime. Using data from a large municipal police department located in Florida as a database, the findings suggested that the number of reported incidents of identity theft appeared to be growing at a greater rate than other theft-related offenses and the clearance rate for identity theft appeared to be declining. The typical apprehended offender was African American, female, unemployed, working alone, and was unknown to the victims, who tended to be White and male.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Criminal Justice, v. 33, issue 1, p. 19-29

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