What Are the Main Causes of Crime?

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Many factors contribute to crimes, including need or want for money, feelings of anger, envy or vengeance, the decay of family values, and the desire for control. In some cases, people commit crimes for self-serving reasons. At other times, crimes are committed to do harm to others.

Poverty contributes to robbery because people may find it easier or quicker to steal than to go through the process of getting and keeping a job. Less educated people may feel hopeless about finding work and steal out of a sense of need. Greed or power are motives for high-dollar theft. Some people steal for pure thrills or to show off to peers.

Violent crimes, such as murder, assault and rape, may result from bad subconscious attitudes or pent-up anger. Children exposed to violence in their homes may grow up with subconscious thoughts that compel them to impulsive reactions when angry. In essence, some crimes carry forward through generations in families. Other violent crimes are planned out for personal gain or vengeance. A person may kill someone over a significant feud or disdain.

The need for control causes some people to commit crimes in the business arena. Others steal or harm people because of jealousy or envy.