Physical crimes informed by publicly available identity information : underreported risk or overhyped myth?
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Vulnerabilities associated with the wide dissemination of personally identifiable information (PII) are well documented from an identity theft perspective, but reporting of identity-related crimes that result in assaults, robberies, and other physical losses has been inconsistent. This paper aims to identify gaps in existing research regarding physical crimes informed by the public availability of PII, with an emphasis on vulnerabilities created by victim self-publication of identity information through social media. A survey of media reporting regarding 111 recent incidents, or strings of connected incidents, has facilitated the establishment of rudimentary patterns in these crimes, as well as trends in reporting, both within the US and abroad. A review of pop culture commentary on the current risk environment offers insights into public perceptions of risk, and how these perceptions may be impacted by the media and entertainment industries.