Social cybercrime victimization. A study based on the routine activity theory in cyberspace

Fernando Miró from Universidad de Elche


The aim of this research is to examine levels of social cybervictimization in relation to an analyzed sample as well as to provide a predictive model which ultimately allows establishing prevention strategies based on scientific evidences. The research starts from the reconceptualization of the Routine Activity Theory (1979), developed by Cohen and Felson, and establishes the hypothesis that the user and his daily activities in cyberspace are key elements in producing crime event. A sample of 500 people aged between 18 and 65 has been interviewed using the CATI system (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing) in order to collect and analyze data. According to the data survey, the risk area of the user is defined by private goods and spheres he incorporates into cyberspace, the use of Internet and the lack of self-defense strategies.


Routine Activity Theory, Social cybercrime, Cybervictimization, Harassment, Routine Activity Theory in Cyberspace, Suitable target, Capable guardian.

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Revista Española de Investigación Criminológica (REIC)
ISSN: 1696-9219
Criterios LATINDEX: 33 de 36
Índice de impacto: 0.153
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