posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 06:00 AM
I did not find any similar threads. I argued for a while in another thread about this particular matter and I could not create an argument, so I
decided to make a thread about this question
I am not implying in any way that poor people are criminals.
"Nearly all poor people are not criminals, although nearly all criminals are poor."
I hope that sentence makes sense.
I have though a lot on the link between crime and poverty and it certainly exists. Statistically speaking countries with higher poverty rates,
overally speaking poorer areas & ghettos have usually much higher crime rates than the middle-class, upper-class areas. Countries with stronger social
systems, more developed countries tend to have much lower crime rates than third world countries etc.
When thinking about reasons, then nearly every crime has at least some financial motives in it, especially blue-collar crimes (burglaries,
pickpocketing, robberies). Studies show that people resort to crime only if they determine that potential benefits outweigh the cost or consequences
of committing that. Poverty can often lead to extra stress and different mental issues. At some point it can lead a person to commit a crime simply to
live somehow. If legal ways of obtaining finances can not support one, then often illegal ways are needed in order to survive.
Of course, there is certain % of people who commit crime for the sake of crime. Usually this has something to with abusive childhood or simply greed
or some other stronger emotion, although on average, why would any person who is financially well off and has a good job commit a crime?
What do you think on the matter? Does poverty cause crime?