Consequences of unreported crime

View mindmap
  • Consequences of unreported crimes
    • the ripple effect
      • based on the idea of a pebble being dropped in a pond, creating ripples that spread across the pond. in terms of unreported crimes this means it may not just affect the immediate or primary victim but also a whole community or society
      • example of effect -  hate crimes, although a crime may be committed against one person, the message of hate may spread through the community
    • Cultural Consequences
      • people from different cultures have different views on the same action. This may mean that some actions that are against the law in the UK are acceptable in other countries.
      • example of effect - female genital mutilation (FGM), crime in the UK but considered normal in several other countries. may go unreported by members of the community that practice it.
    • Decriminalisation and legal change
      • when a crime becomes widespread the public may stop reporting it and campaigners may demand a change in law. E.g. cannabis has been legalised in several countries and US states.
      • some actions are widespread in society despite being against the law, e.g. large numbers of people use/have used cannabis despite it being illegal some members of the public see it as victimless
    • police prioritisation
      • police give priority to some crimes over others for a number of reasons
        • they have limited resources and cannot investigate every crime, the local population may have concerns over certain crimes they want dealt with, media may focus on on a particular crime, Home office has particular priorities


No comments have yet been made

Similar Criminology resources:

See all Criminology resources »See all consequences of unreported crime resources »