Crimes against Property

Crimes against Property - law may, in fact, suffer. Perhaps...

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Crimes against Property Crimes against property include crimes where criminals steal, or vandalize property, that belongs to someone else. These crimes are far more numerous than violent crimes. One occurs about every three seconds . Like violent crimes, property related crimes rose dramatically during the 1970s and leveled off during the 1980s. One possible explanation calls attention to the age structure of the United States. Data show that young people between 16 and 25 years old commit by far the most crimes against property. As the baby boom generation ages, it is logical to expect the crime rate to decline. Crime without Victims Presumably no one suffers from victimless crimes. Crime without victims, however, is something of a misnomer. The assumption is there are no injuries caused by these crimes. Robertson (1989:125) points out, however, that the individuals who violate the
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Unformatted text preview: law may, in fact, suffer. Perhaps the term "victimless crime" refers to the fact that there are no victims to press charges . Examples of "Victimless Crimes" Prostitution, Gambling, Illegal Drug Use, Bookies, vagrancy, and prohibited sexual acts among consenting adults. These crimes are "morality crimes ." They are very difficult to control because there is no victim to press charges. Those who engage in the activity regard the law as inappropriate, not themselves. Another issue regarding victimless crimes is that they consume an enormous amount of police effort . Further, they stimulate activity in organized crime because "victimless crimes" usually involve something desirable where large profits can be made (e.g., drugs or sex)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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