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NCJ Number: NCJ 244562     Find in a Library
Title: Real Crimes in Virtual Worlds
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Dr. Brian Regli ; Michael Mitkus ; Dr. Robert D’Ovidio
Corporate Author: Drakontas LLC
United States of America

Drexel University
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2013
Page Count: 15
  Annotation: This publication examines how to mine information provided within virtual worlds and online gaming communities to better prevent the possibility of violent crime.
Abstract: This publication examines how virtual environments can provide a fertile source of intelligence to school administrators and law enforcement regarding threats and criminal intent that may affect educational environments in the real world. Following an act of violence, investigators can find new meaning in a suspect’s online posts in discussion board forums, using those new perspectives to draw possible connections between the threats made and behaviors exhibited in virtual worlds with the perpetrator’s violent act in the real world. The techniques described in this publication offer timely options and suggestions for law enforcement and school resource officers (SROs) to consider in school safety. The publication highlights several real-world incidents to serve as case studies in describing how information and intelligence can be derived and used to better protect schools from violence. This publication is intended to educate law enforcement, SROs, and school administrators about these issues and offer strategies that can be employed to improve school safety. 20 notes
Main Term(s): Cyber bullying
Index Term(s): Intelligence analysis ; Criminal intent ; Juvenile case studies ; Juvenile crime patterns ; Bullying ; Violent video games ; BJA grant-related documents ; cyber-safety ; School Resource Officers (SRO) ; video games
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2009-D2-BX-K005
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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