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Assessing the validity of product tampering threats

Assessing the validity of product tampering threats

Kilbane, Sarah C. ORCID: 0000-0003-4752-5755 (2019) Assessing the validity of product tampering threats. In: Association of European Threat Assessment Professionals, 06-09 May 2019, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Product tampering is a type of crime which typically involves the deliberate contamination of a packaged product with the intent of harming consumers or corporate entities. In such cases empty threats and genuine acts of contaminations can be used to meet criminal goals, including extortion, sabotage, and political activism. Despite the utility of both empty threats and genuine tamperings in these scenarios, different outcomes are expected which range from economic damage for the victimized company, to widespread public fear and the potential for physical harm to the consumers. This paper will provide a detailed examination of both actualized and empty product tampering threats, highlighting some of the behavioral characteristics which may be useful in separating action from inaction. Applications of these findings for professionals will also be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: product tampering, threat assessment, Bayes' Theorem, perpetrator communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Crime, Law & (In)Security Research Group (CLS)
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