Crime negatively affects overall societal well-being in ways that go beyond the residents of the community in which the crime occurs. Members of a community may draw closer or may develop grassroots improvement opportunities as a result of crime.Continue Reading
While the immediate effect of crime is usually felt by the individual upon whom the crime was committed, the community at large is also affected by criminal activity. High crime rates may lead to population reduction as able individuals move away to avoid victimization. Members who remain in crime-filled areas may feel unsafe in general, particularly if they witness crime. Additionally, crime rates create a negative impression about a community to those who live outside it.
Honest citizens residing in high-crime areas may struggle to find help and may face lowered housing values due to the reputation of the community. However, the emotional and physical toll of crime also may serve to empower communities in which residents are brought closer together. In such situations, community members may organize grassroots efforts to fight crime, such as watch programs that encourage citizens to report criminal activity, increased group involvement in community affairs through city council participation and voting to approve a referendum for funds to increase public safety funding and similar programs.Learn more about Crime
The Federal Bureau of Investigation tracks crime rates by race in its annual publication, "Crime in the United States." The FBI is one of the best sources for demographic crime data in the United States because they track all arrests for each year.Full Answer >
As of 2015, the crime rate in Port Charlotte, Florida is nearly 30 crimes per 1,000 residents. While this ranks as being safer than 24 percent of the cities in the United States, it is higher than 56 percent of all Florida cities and towns.Full Answer >
As of 2015, the ZIP codes with the highest crime rates in the United States almost all have a rate of more than 70 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. People who live in these neighborhoods have between a one-in-seven and one-in-15 chance of being the victim of a crime.Full Answer >
Gangs have direct effects on a community, such as increased levels of crime, violence and murder. Gangs also have long-term or delayed implications in that gang members are more likely to drop out of school, struggle with unemployment, abuse drugs and alcohol or wind up in jail. These factors not only harm the gang members, but they force taxpayers to contribute to welfare and community-assistance programs.Full Answer >