What is crime?- Crime is an offense which goes beyond the personal in breaking laws and harming others. Crime is not just about one person being evil, it is result from social and political influences, therefore criminals are not there by birth they are made. Social conditions create criminals, if the society does not allow opportunity for development and politics is based on discrimination then humans are forced to do crime. Suicide bombers commit crime because they do not have any place or status in society or the ruling government do not care about their relatives being killed by some aggression of world power. People holds baseless argument and they just think people are born evil but this is not exactly the case. Some statistics give a brief account on the level of crime in the UK and the type of crimes committed:
- In 2006 it is estimated that 11.3 million criminal offenses took place (this is decline from the peak post war year of 1995 when 19.4 million crimes were estimated)
- 5.4 million offenses were recorded by the police
- 1.42 million offenders were sentenced.
- The biggest fear in the UK public is of homicide. In 2002-3 there were 1054 murders in UK. The figures were distorted by the conviction of Harold Shipman who was estimated to have killed 172 people. In a typical year the homicide rate is about 800-850. 37 % of male victims were known to be acquainted with their killers. For women the figure is 45%. In both sexes, infants are at a higher risk of suffering homicide than adults.
The author Taji Mustufa is a resident in UK.