How People Become Criminals

Everyone has seen the results of crime and some have experienced it first hand.

Some, owing to a personal economic crisis, turn to crime as a fast answer.
Some, owing to a personal economic crisis, turn to crime as a fast answer.
There is a saying, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime". Yet despite this and a rising number of people in prison, crime still occurs.
There is a saying, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime". Yet despite this and a rising number of people in prison, crime still occurs.
This cartoon acknowledges a truth that is contemporary society.
This cartoon acknowledges a truth that is contemporary society.
This is a typical scene that we see almost on a daily basis, where police are involved in a forensic investigation in a post crime environment.
This is a typical scene that we see almost on a daily basis, where police are involved in a forensic investigation in a post crime environment.
Sometime a violent crime results in the shutting down of an entire street. inconveniencing everyone.
Sometime a violent crime results in the shutting down of an entire street. inconveniencing everyone.
High end items like this custom motorbike attract people to crime due to the cost, but they are also targets for those who like to steal.
High end items like this custom motorbike attract people to crime due to the cost, but they are also targets for those who like to steal.
Due to current prohibitions, marijuana is a lucrative underworld money maker.
Due to current prohibitions, marijuana is a lucrative underworld money maker.

To many, the life of crime becimes attractive due to potential fast riches.

The path to criminality is fraught with imminent peril and all too often encouraged by peers and examples set in high places. Everyone wants to belong and there is often a long and winding road through corruption to attain what is considered desirable. In a society where there is only one winner and everyone else is a bum, there is considerable pressure to cheat and take short cuts to become that winner at the expense of everyone else. We read and hear in the daily media of great legitimate corporations being caught in one fraud and another and having to pay heavy fines. During the economic crisis of 2008-09, stories emerged of fantastic corruption on such a large scale that tens of millions suddenly faced homelessness and joblessness. CEOs were actually rewarded hundreds of billions for mismanagement. We also here of cops who work with gangsters. Prior to and after the collapse, we are told that up to 99 percent of "opportunities" on the internet are nothing more than scams. Caveat Emptor does not work here! It is so pervasive that it sounds like fiction, but it is all too real.


All these examples and ones much closer to home where bikers tear thunderously around the streets on hoped up choppers, hot road tailor designed mean machines, Harley Davidsons and so forth that cost upward to $100,000 set the example that brutality and pure chutzpah gains everything in the end. Everyone knows that losers who work security as a mall cop, others who work flipping burgers and store clerks can never afford a $100,000 tailor made hot rod chopper or road bike. These come with all the attendant bling bling through activities such as pimping, gaming, drug running, covert arms dealing and human trafficking. Despite all the high profile busts, many streets are still like war zones as leaders battle for turf. Much of this underworld activity is managed by organized crime like the Mafia, Cosa Nostra, Asian gangs, Mexican gangs and many more. It has been said that these organizations are the government in waiting; waiting for the collapse of the current regime in order to affect a take over. Thus the government in power now is engaged in a life and death struggle to maintain its position. Often the two interface, such as suggested by the history and the shady dealings with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.


Criminality begins early. For some, it is as early as the time of infancy. For others, who do poorly in school and life, who have a failure complex and low self esteem, the life of crime appears to be an easy way to obtain ones desires. In communities festering with crime, it is only too easy to walk straight into the circumstances that lead to a criminal life. It comes through friends, relations, the ones we love the most and want desperately to impress. It creeps furtively into our lives almost unnoticed until one day we wake up sporting a piece, the bling bling, the fancy car or chopper, extra fine home, a huge bank account rivaling that of the GDP of a small country and the pure cold-hearted attitude of a demon.


It is a hard thing to do indeed, not to become involved in crime because of its pervasiveness. It usually starts small and can gradually grow until it is second nature. Even the best among us are prone to temptation and are not immune to its influence. Whether criminal or victim we are all involved even if it’s just higher prices on everything. Crime appeals to the base greed that inhabits all of us. Greed defines the acquisitive system of things that runs and eventually ruins whole planets. Greed plunders, divides communities and nations, murders, steals, tortures and spies. Greed always seeks advantage over all the others to their collective expense and the greedy individuals gain.

Into this mix is a fluctuating economy that absorbs and spits out workers like some great feeding beast. It does not matter what level the working person is employed, they are always under threat of a layoff. While unemployed, the choices are often few. They are choices like poverty, homelessness, hunger, dumpster diving, drug pushing, hustling for sex, gun running, gambling and bullying for pay. This too then becomes a temptation when the reality of unemployment becomes too unbearable to tolerate. Established and organized criminals are always looking for new recruits and can usually find them. These recruits form the front line criminals who we always hear about in the news in this drug bust or that, drive by shootings, kidnappings, jewel smash and grabs, break and enter, grand theft auto, larceny, home invasions, extortion, embezzlement, scams, counterfeiting, computer crime and bank hold-ups. These are the ones who are usually arrested and fill the jails. The big organized criminals usually get away, or if caught, can hire expensive and successful lawyers to get them off or get reduced sentences.


Crime exists because of an unequal system that rewards a few and blocks the rest. Thus crime is forever a temptation that confronts us moment to moment. To really deal crime a death blow, we have to do two things; end the system that ultimately supports crime and criminals and have what has been called by many, a personal spiritual transformation. It is a wonder that crime is not more prevalent than it is and that most people are content with burger flipping, security work and being a cashier. Some are content with dumpster diving. It is unfortunate that most of these people are victimized by crime form those who choose one criminal activity or another.


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Lance Crowe 6 years ago

Leading up to the actual crime taking place is the triangle of criminology wherein a potential criminal finds three things come together: percieved or psychological pressure to resort to crime; the opportunity to commit said crime and the rationalization for going through with it. The opportunity may appear only briefly and the psychological pressure to commit a crime may be longer lasting, but will vary in intensity. Rationale is the one that often stops people with solidly developed moral values. These values can be warped or otherwise convoluted by social influences such as friends (i.e. the "wrong crowd"), social environment environment, etc...


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MR.POINT OF VIEW 6 years ago from Planet Earth

You are the real deal I just hope I can reach other like you have reached me. Keep up the good work.


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Goodpal 5 years ago

You rightly said: "Crime exists because of an unequal system that rewards a few and blocks the rest."

I societies where there is hardly any "value education" or "value inculcation" individual lack moral understanding and courage both. Weaker ones fall prey to temptation or pressures.

The only place to groom morally strong individuals is the family. Where families are fragmenting for whatever reasons, downfall comes naturally.


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syzygyastro 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada Author

Well said. Children lack real world based education in the essentials like economics and all too often, even lack the presence of the parents. Instead they are raised on video games and TV. Considering what most of it's about, there is little wonder that this bad example is what comes out later unless the child has exceptional ability to learn on their own. Unfortunately for most, there is the requirement for parental teaching. This is even true in the animal kingdom.


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Goodpal 5 years ago

Thanks for responding to my words. I share your worry and there is requirement of "parental teaching". But if the parents are busy changing partners, you can't make them realize the importance of having kids. I often wonder why people make babies when they have no time for their proper care.

And if the they are too busy making money and will ever remain so, why do they breed at the first place. Sending them to school is not the end of their responsibility either - there has to be some minimum understanding of the difference between raising human kids and raising cattle or feedstock.

Is this evolution?


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syzygyastro 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada Author

There's the rub! Children are raised like cattle in our society. This is one of the linchpins of de-evolution. Treating everyone the same is not creating the variety that is required for diversity and survival. Taught and given no alternatives and being influenced by peers, guarantees that things like crime continue. We may not be born criminals but can be raised as such in a world filled with corruption, violence and crime.

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