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Rolle 1 Anthyia Rolle Ivy Higgins ENGW 300-10 Crime: Causes of Crime in the Bahamas Crime has been a constant nuisance to society. From petty theft to robbery to 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 faces. The need to overcome this problem has led the government into seeking solutions to a problem of which they do not know the causes”[Bur05]. 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 and bad lives are the measure of a state’s failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community[Placeholder1]. 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]. The Strategic Policy & Planning Branch, Royal Bahamas Police force, statistical report showed that between 2013-2014 crime against persons increased by one percent and crimes against properties decreased eleven percent. Police stated that seventy percent of local murders are committed by young men between the ages of eighteen - thirty-five and their victims are usually other you men[Smi07]. The government has not made any public comprehensive, updated national crime statistics since July
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Rolle 2 2013. However, the murder rate 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 poverty, breakdown of the family, lack of education, tolerating of unlawful behaviour, failure of the government and judicial system. A major factor as it relates to causes of crime is poverty. According to Merriam-Webster poverty is defined as the state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Many of the young children in the Bahamian society feel as though be- cause they are less fortunate it gives them the right to go and steal from someone else who worked hard for what they have. In some cases a robbery tends to turn for the worst resulting in attempted murder, murder or rape are also committed. The underlying cause of crime depends on the individual’s state of mind and also the environment in which she lives. The absence of social amenities and luxuries that other, more affluent, neighborhoods enjoy forces many youths into crime. The realization that these neighborhoods are unlikely to change into the neighborhoods
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