Effects of Crime
Criminal acts can produce lots of damage to communities and individuals. There are many types of ways a crime can be committed but all of them in some way will affect someone else, or a community of people. Crimes like anti-social behaviour can produce lots of damage on individuals and communities, as anti-sociable behaviour is a wide range of crimes that can be committed. Graffiti is an act of anti-sociable behaviour and the affects are that it needs to be cleaned up which will take time and money, and depending on what type of graffiti it is may emotionally damage communities as some types of graffiti are set out as threats which may scare the community. Damage of property is also a type of anti-sociable behaviour which can be very expensive to repair or replace depending on what the criminal damages. An emotional way criminals could damage people is through violence against a person; as it may result in the person being scared to leave the house or be out of the house after dark, they will also receive physical damage as they may have been beaten or stabbed. The media have a big impact on showing the impacts of crime and changing people’s thoughts on it. As the media will always target crime as a good source to grab the attention of the readers and the press will normally show some very scary stories of crime as it catches the reader’s eye and makes a good story. The media doing this does produce positives and negatives. The positives are that the people reading will be more wary when they are out, so they will be less likely to be a victim of criminal activity. The negatives are that some of the people reading it could become very scared and become emotionally damaged from it, which could lead to them not wanting to be outside for certain times of the day or not wanting to travel to certain places. The BCS is a better measure of long-term trends because it is unaffected by changes in levels of public reporting or in police practice in...
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