Poverty and disadvantaged neighbourhoods

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There are four factors that can result in people turning to crime in a disadvantaged neighbourhood.

  • Highly populated
  • Communities fail to control its members
  • Lack of investment resources (e.g. things to do
  • A run-down area

All these factors mean that poor behaviour goes unpunished and therefore increases. 


Children on the streets who are bored as there are no resources to be utilised (nothing to do.) They see people engaging in criminal activity and getting away with it and think that they can do that too. Or, if they see a smashed window that hasn't been replaced, then it would be okay to smash all the other windows as no one obviously cares that much about it. 




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