Student Co-author

CGU Graduate

Document Type



Information Systems and Technology (CGU)

Publication Date



Computer Sciences | Databases and Information Systems


National surveys demonstrate that millions of crimes go unreported in the United States. Several reasons may contribute to this lack of reporting and we are investigating these potential reasons and how they may be addressed. We are developing an online system that provides an anonymous and secure mechanism for both victims and witnesses to report crimes to police. The system is being implemented and tested on a university campus. Potential users (i.e., students, staff) were surveyed to determine their intent to use the system. Respondents claimed to report crimes already, which is in contrast with the findings from the national surveys. Our respondents found the online system useful, accessible, and safe to report crime, but the type of crime and the urgency of response is a determinant in the decision to use the system versus reporting it to a live person.


Previously linked to as:,503.

Publisher pdf reproduced with permission. This paper appears in: System Sciences, 2006. HICSS '06. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Publication Date: 04-07 Jan. 2006 Volume: 4, On page(s): 82a- 82a ISSN: 1530-1605 ISBN: 0-7695-2507-5 Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/HICSS.2006.416 Current Version Published: 2006-01-23.

Rights Information

© 2006 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of The Claremont Colleges's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to

Terms of Use & License Information

Terms of Use for work posted in Scholarship@Claremont.