Why Is Crime a Social Problem?

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Crime is a social problem because it is undesirable to the society. A social problem is a situation that at least some people in the society perceive as undesirable. Crime is analyzed from a social problems perspective because it’s considered a manifestation of underlying social problems.

The social problems point of view holds that social issues, such as poverty, discrimination and the collapse of traditional social institutions contribute to crime within a community. In the theory, lack of access to quality formal education, prevalent domestic violence and inadequate positive socialization opportunities are tied to the prevalence of crime. Experts believe that the root of the social crime problem must be addressed by supporting social programs that improve quality of life and prevent the development of criminal behaviors.

Society at large keeps a unified stance about some social problems, such as murders, theft and auto accidents caused by driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Violence and drug abuse are crimes that are undesirable in the society. However, some crimes are only viewed as a problem by certain groups of people. For instance, young people who play disturbingly loud music in a public park may not see their behavior as problematic, but may still receive a noise citation.