One of the central research activities within the E-CRIME project was a survey of citizens within selected EU Member States. The purpose was to gather first-hand, empirical data on the prevalence of cyber crime victimisation and its impact.
This survey was conducted within Estonia, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom, with at least 1,000 citizens surveyed within each of these six countries. In addition, so as to ensure we were able to properly assess the impact of cyber crime, and to see whether there were significant geographical differences, we imposed a minimum quota of 250 citizens who have been the victim of cyber crime from within each of these six countries in our overall sample. As such, upon its completition we produced a sample of 6,394 respondents, including over 1,500 cyber crime victims.
The survey questionnaire we have created for the E-CRIME project is a tool to be used by other researchers; a copy of which can be accessed here. In addition, we have deposited the anonymised SPSS survey dataset in the DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) free-to-access repository for researchers, hosted in the Netherlands.
This dataset can be accessed via the following link: http://dx.doi.org/10.17026/dans-xg8-6j3f
It will be valuable to read our results alongside a report of a complementary survey undertaken by the EKSISTENZ project who are focussing on tackling identify theft within the EU. This report, produced by the EKSISTENZ partner ‘the Institute of Baltic Studies’, maps and analyses the most prevalent patterns of on/offline identity document usage in six EU Member States (namely Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom). The report highlights societal risks of ID theft in the EU and will ultimately inform a subsequent EKSISTENZ risk analysis of ID theft in the EU. This report (D9.1 Common patterns on identity document usage in the EU) can be accessed through the EKSISTENZ website here.