Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Since 1978, Nassau County NY has pioneered the use of "video stings" to protect the public from a wide variety of dishonest behaviors—with appliance repair, auto repair, home contractors, insurance sales, chiropractors, and even internet pedophiles (Lambert, 1997). Surprisingly, though this has been a model for a few other municipalities, neither Nassau County nor others have conducted systematic research on how the public regards this unusual policy (Wrightsman, Greene, Nietzel & Fortune, 2002). In this survey, 114 people completed an anonymous structured 18-item survey containing 3 scales: their support of video stings (0-28), their familiarity with past media reports of stings (0-14), and their authoritarian personality (0-20). As hypothesized: (a) there was immense variation in public support, from 0 to 28 on the 0-28 scale. (b) The average sentiment was a strong support for video stings (M= 22.38). (c) There were clear biodata correlates of increased support, including: beliefthat video evidence leads to a drop in crime (r = +.312, p < .01), a more authoritarian outlook (r = +. .264, p < .01), but not county residence (r = .022, n.s.). The policy implications of these findings are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 14 no. 1 2008
Chan, Ada W.J.; Rumaldo, Shani; and Emmons, Robert
"What are public views on using video to deter crime and consumer fraud?,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 14:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol14/iss1/3