Larceny and Abduction: an Analysis of How Theft is Developing at a Dangerous Rate

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Larceny and Abduction: an Analysis of How Theft is Developing at a Dangerous Rate

Theft has been a major issue since the beginning of interactions among different groups of people. Starting from simple items like food, clothes, and other necessary products, the act of stealing evolved on a vicious scale. In no time, people began to linger for more valuable merchandise, leading to the capture of the ultimate prize, humans. With the support of many other works, this paper will show how robbery and theft has evolved into the monstrosity it is today, and will prove how larceny and abductions today are far more malicious than past acts of them.

Reasons for rise in theft throughout the world can sometimes be misunderstood and be assumed much worse than they are. Many individuals believe in the fact that people, as a whole, are just given worse intentions in day to day life. This could be true, on a small scale, and account for a small portion of the theft we see. But in reality, there are numerous other factors contributing to the issue including increased coverage in the news, entertainment and media productions, and high levels of urbanization. Each of the mentioned elements will be examined throughout the duration of the paper, in attempt to prove not only how, but why robbery and theft have increased into such ongoing and typical problems. Journalism has and always will be a huge contributor in todays fast moving world since it is constantly keeping everybody up to date. But sometimes, the news can be viewed as an information gathering source for a criminal attempting to learn more about committing a certain crime. All criminals lack intelligence for committing a crime in the first place, but surely a well devised plan will include intensive research through past similar crimes. This type of information could be derived from news archives, as well as current events. One story in particular was about an article in which had extremely revealing information on building pipe bombs. A Newsday editor where the article was first produced, Paul Walsh, said, “When the story came to me for editing, I was concerned about the specific `ingredients' and `directions' listed. My supervisor, Bill Higgins, suggested and I agreed to take out a sentence about laying out a blueprint for how to make a pipe bomb" (Gelfand). Since this information was actually posted into the newspaper, I found it extremely startling, and the fact that the news editor had to remove another line before publishing it makes one question how much information this author was trying to feed to a potential terrorist. Bill Maddy, an everyday reader of the Newsday paper, also commented, “..the composition of the pipe bombs had no redeeming value because it could only be helpful to someone with unlawful intentions” (Gelfand). Since this second option about the pipe bomb story was provided in this article, it helped greatly to solidify how inappropriate this type of topic really is. Especially with the public being very sensitive, newspapers need to be cautious in the upcoming years in order to keep their readers reading. Continuation in crime oriented articles, ones with revealing details of an operation in particular, while readers have little to no discretion will lead to some readers using the information in order to commit unlawful actions.

Newspapers and journals are not to be viewed as the only type of media in which show and suggest forms of criminal activity. Movies, no matter what genre, can easily put ideas of robbery into the heads of individuals with them hardly even knowing. The classic act of grand larceny, in reality as well as movies, is that of robbing a bank. In August of 2003, a man by the name of Brian Douglas Wells told authorities someone had forced him to rob a bank. He told officers a bomb was attached to him, but he died when it exploded before the bomb squad could get there. (Bank) The man was actually, in fact, in on the plan but the...
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