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Cybercrime encompasses a broad range of criminal activity involving electronic devices. Due to the progressive nature of technology in recent years, it is difficult to establish a specific, yet comprehensive, definition for cybercrime. Generally, an accepted definition includes the electronic manipulation of data through addition or deletion of files or a theft of information. Specific offenses include, but are not limited to, identity theft, cyberstalking via social network sites or e-mail, child pornography, cyber-bullying, embezzlement, theft, and various forms of fraud.

Cybercrime is complex and difficult for police to address through either traditional forms of policing or community policing. Often the victim and offender do not know each other because the crime is perpetrated solely through the anonymity of electronic means. Those who do become aware ...

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