Publication of a survey on cybercrime reporting by SMEs in the Netherlands

The book chapter “Cybercrime Reporting Behaviors Among Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Netherlands” by Steve van de Weijer, Rutger Leukfeldt and Sophie van der Zee investigates the factors associated with cybercrime reporting of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Netherlands, including the motives to report or not reporting cyber offences to the police. The study was published in “Cybercrime in Context – The human factor in victimization, offending, and policing” (2021), edited by Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg and Rutger Leukfeldt.

The authors conducted a survey with a sample of 529 Dutch SME owners, using an experimental vignette-study and self-reported data. The results show a big gap between intended reporting and the actual number of reported offences which is significantly lower. Moreover, the seriousness and the type of the cyber offence are the most important factors leading to reporting. 

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