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Look Both Ways by Linda Criddle

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How Predators Choose Their Victims

Criminals choose victims for a variety of reasons, but there are some patterns you can identify. Finding a victim to target for an online-initiated crime has three basic steps:

  1. Identifying a viable target, whether that target is property or a person.

    If the target is a physical object (a car or house), the predator needs some way to locate the object. Opportunity for access is key—the ability to gain online access to children, young people, or adults as well as any content that helps identify a location for potential offline access is the first goal.

    Think About It

    Many child sexual predators already knew their victims and used the Internet as a means of facilitating crimes; 50 percent of victims live within a 50-mile ...

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