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Rolle 1 Anthyia Rolle Ivy Higgins ENGW300-10 Crime: Causes of Crime in the Bahamas The causes of crime has been a constant nuisance to society. From petty theft to robbery with violence, crime continues to be a headache to the government. The escalation of crime on the islands are disturbing, a testament of the myriad of challenges that society face. The need to overcome the majority of these problems has led the government into seeking solutions to a problem of which they do not know the causes[Bur05]. All through the Bahamas, the causes of crime seem to be undetermined. The war the government faces against crime can only be won with a deep understanding of the roots of these problems. In order to overcome crime in a modern Bahamian society, the government must have a deep understanding of the causes of crime, and the factors that lead to increased crime levels in society. Crime is defined as an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited[Dic501]. Crime and bad lives are the measure of a state’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.[Article] Bishop Simeon Hall stated that “Crime is a serious problem in our country and insist that draconian measures be taken to lift this dark criminal spectre that covers our land”[Ava12]. Moreover “we are reaping the rewards of our own inabilities, inattentiveness, incompetence and indiscipline” [Smi13]. Based on statistics from the Strategic Policy & Planning Branch, Royal Bahamas Police force, during the period of 2013 verses 2014 crime against persons has increased
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Rolle 2 by one percent and crimes against properties have decreased eleven percent. Police stated that 70 percent of local murders are committed by young men between the ages of 18 and 35 and their victims are usually other you men[Smi07]. The government has not made any public comprehensive, updated national crime statistics since July 2013. However, the murder rate has increased by 2.5 percent in 2014. The Bahamas has been faced with the escalating problem of crime, and a police force that appears powerless to contain it, many wonder about the cause of this growth in crime. Crime is a multifaceted problem and before we can point fingers we must determine the root causes of crime. Factors that contribute to crime are Tolerating of Unlawful Behaviour, Poverty, Failure of our Government and Judicial System, Lack of Education, and Breakdown of the Family. Tolerating of unlawful behaviour is a factor when it comes to dealing with crime according to former Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson, society as a whole has contributed to the escalating crime rates by accommodating illegal activities, thus making them acceptable. In other words “in one way or another, we all have contributed to crime” either through action or inaction, omission, facilitation, condoning, or turning a blind eye.
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