Several years ago, people trusted their neighbors but nowadays, none is trustable because anyone can be a criminal, can be a suspect. Crime has been increasing in Philippines recently. The public’s fear of crime is a major concern for policymakers, more so if it involves a marked and sudden increase of violent and property crime. Meanwhile, violent crime generally includes crime of violence such as murder, gang robbery with firearm, rape and sexual abuse. What is the main cause of crime and its imperative relationship to poverty? Such a question at first may seem unanswerable because we could never pin point the exact cause of such worldwide problems. Crime and poverty have been around from time was time and there is no doubt that crime is on the increase not only in the world but also in Philippines. Nevertheless, although there are many who see crime as a means of survival there are others who indulge in criminal acts for mere fun. Crime in Philippines has reached its high point and the causes are many, but do we stop to ask, what is the solution to such problems? And do we really take time out to really answer the question? And if we do, do we find methods or means to deal with the problem? There are solutions to any problem and the solution to crime is no exception. Crime has gone beyond our reach because we have let it slip; this is so because we allow criminals to get away with criminal acts. There is a need to implement more severe punishments to crimes committed so as to set examples for other criminals who have not reached to an extreme, the laws need to be revised and be placed in enforcement and this can only be done by more police action. There is a need to educate the Belizean children and lead them to a better life, take them off the streets and teach them right from wrong. There is also a need to alleviate poverty so as to lower the high percentage of violence and crime both in urban and rural areas because...
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