Chair: Catrien Bijleveld

The Buzz: how high-profile offenders in The Netherlands translate (social) media messages into cues for criminal action

Building: G
Room: 12

Author: Moors Hans, EMMA, Experts in Media and Society

Title: Thinking the Buzz – Reflections on the Ontology of Criminogenic Attribution in Groups of Criminals
Most criminological literature focuses on the effects of media crime reporting on fear of crime. In this research project attention is shifted to a far less studied topic: the way in which high-profile offenders translate media messages into cues for criminal action. Criminal copycat behavior is probably the most well-known variant of the way in which criminals turn their media consumption into criminal action. This paper discusses our project in which we conceptually widen the criminogenic response of criminals to media messages to include more phenomena, such as perceptions that facilitate or inhibit criminal behavior, and behavioral responses that go beyond (just) copying the crime.
Keywords: Crime, attribution, media, copycat
Author: Rovers Ben, Netherlands Police Academy

Title: Measuring the Buzz - Criminogenic Responses to Media Messages in Groups of Criminals
This paper focuses on how to measure criminogenic attribution of media messages by high-profile offenders in The Netherlands and the way social mechanisms influence this attribution.
Keywords: Methodology, media messages, attribution
Author: Bouman Nicole, EMMA, Experts in Media and Society

Title: How High-Profile Offenders Translate (Social) Media Messages Into Cues for Criminal Action? Main Findings, and Consequences for Law Enforcement and Communication
The approach of high-profile offenders in the Netherlands is based on the idea that repression alone does not work and that additional strategies are necessary to prevent potential perpetrators from committing offenses. A possible strategy is to influence them through media communication. This paper focuses on that vital aspect and starts precisely on the side of the recipient of the message: the offender. We try to answer, among other things, the questions (i) who are the most alive to being influenced within this group of high-profile perpetrators, (ii) with regard to which aspects of their delinquency behavior and (iii) through which media this group can best be reached. We think our research fills an important gap in the existing knowledge about offender-oriented prevention through communication. This knowledge is highly relevant to practice, because it provides concrete leads for evidence-based communication strategies aimed at perpetrators whose offenses have a major impact on society.
Keywords: Communication research, media cues, crime
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