Why do people commit crimes

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Why do people commit crimes

  1. 1. Why do people commit crimes? Marxist approach to understanding why people commit crimes.
  2. 2. Why are crimes committed? • Marxism would state that crime happens because of social class differences. Working class crime is a lot more common as much of the middle class crime falls into the category of the dark figure of crime, which is the percentage of crimes which go unreported.
  3. 3. Working Class Crime • Some suggested reasons as to why working class people make commit crime are: • To afford necessities • Bad family life/home background and upbringing • Jealousy • Peer pressure from getting involved with the wrong groups of people • Lack of education, discipline, home resources etc
  4. 4. • People who fall into the working class social group are more likely to commit violent crimes, such as robbery, murder and rape. This is for many reasons, a main one being money in cases such as robbery and mugging. However, some other reasons may be a lack of norms or a lack of parental influence. Because they are more likely to commit violent crimes, they are more likely to be detected and reported to the police rather than crimes such as drug abuse.
  5. 5. Middle Class Crime • Middle class people are more likely to commit crimes for different reasons: • Greed • Addiction • Boredom
  6. 6. • Working class people are also more likely to commit different types of crimes compared to the working class. The most frequent is white collar crime carried out in a business or fraud. Because most of the time it is done on a smaller scale, it is harder to detect when the crime is being committed. However, when it is caught out, a lot of the time the criminal isn’t punished as harshly. Reasons for this could be that the crime isn’t as serious as violent crimes or to save the reputation of the company that the person has been stealing from whilst working there. However, in larger scale situations, the crime is more than likely to be reported.
  7. 7. • Working class people are also more likely to commit different types of crimes compared to the working class. The most frequent is white collar crime carried out in a business or fraud. Because most of the time it is done on a smaller scale, it is harder to detect when the crime is being committed. However, when it is caught out, a lot of the time the criminal isn’t punished as harshly. Reasons for this could be that the crime isn’t as serious as violent crimes or to save the reputation of the company that the person has been stealing from whilst working there. However, in larger scale situations, the crime is more than likely to be reported.

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