Headline Aug 15, 2014/



THE RISING incidence of crime is surely one of the most troubling problems bedevilling every society in recent times.

All governments   -to the very first and last,  has undertaken more and more responsibilities, but, but, but:

It has been performing one of its basic functions less and less well. This is the hard bitter truth.

If the first duty of the country is to defend the country against foreign enemies and invasion:

Its second duty is to prevent the coercion of one person by another and to provide security for its citizens and their property. Almost all governments have a fail plus, on this responsibility.

The world is far richer than in earlier days. Simply put, we should be better able to secure person and property than we could when fewer resources were available to every nation.

Yet the situation the world over, is reverse. Crime has been rising. The average citizen feels less secure than at almost at any time in the past hundred years or so.

The world feels and believes that the government in recent decades and the rising incidence of crime in those same decades are largely two sides of the same coin.

Crime has risen not despite government's  growth but, but largely because of government's growth.

The number of violent crimes of all kinds has literally exploded in the few decades. 

''' In the days ahead, !WOW! will have a dedicated module, and will  be writing regularly on this ''life threatening''  ever present, phenomena. For now, I get you all to the baseline '''.

In America,  in 1957- the first year of the data   -violent crimes of all kinds numbered  199,000.  -From then to  1980   they multiplied more than  sixfold, reaching   1,309, 000.

Allowing for the increase in population,  the rate per  100,000 persons multiplied fivefold from 117 to 581. Over the same period, crimes against property increased even more rapidly. the rate per  100,000  persons multiplying more than sevenfold from  719  to  5,319.

Over the period, public expenditures on law enforcement went from $2.7 billion to $25.9 billion, multiplying nearly tenfold.

Since prices rose nearly threefold  and population rose by one-third, expenditures on law enforcement per capita rose nearly threefold after allowing for inflation.

Clearly, throwing money at the problem has been no more effective in curbing crime than in improving education, or in achieving the fine objectives of the long-list of social programs that have been undertaken over those decades.

The number of arrests have also risen sharply from  2 million in 1957 to nearly 10 million in 1980.

The rise in the number of arrests simply reflected the rise in the number of crimes committed ,  -not a growing efficiency of law enforcement  -the reported number of crimes grew even more rapidly than the number of arrests.

Even criminologists themselves have no simple and easy explanations of the rapid increase in crime.

Nonetheless, some popular explanations can be rejected out of hand, and some partial explanations are highly persuasive:

One popular explanation for crime is poverty and inequality.

People are driven to steal, to rob, to murder because they have no other means to avoid hunger and deprivation. Or they are driven to crime because of the spectacle of rich versus poor:

A spectacle that feeds a sense of injustice and unfairness, not to speak of the less admirable motive of  ''envy''.

However plausible this explanation is of why some people turn to crime, it obviously cannot explain the rise in crime over recent decades in the united States.

As a country America is wealthier than it was fifty, seventy-five, or a hundred years ago, and that wealth is if anything more evenly distributed.

Moreover, there is less poverty and less inequality in the united States than in many other countries.

Poverty is certainly more prevalent, more degrading, more intolerable in India, Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Siri Lanka, Myanmar, than in the United States-

And unquestionably the spectacle of rich versus poor is more blatant.

Yet, there is less chance of being mugged  or  robbed on the streets of Islamabad, Bombay, Decca, or Calcutta at night than on the streets of  New York or Chicago.

The great Honour and Serving of this knowledge continues to the post that follows. Don't  miss it. And thank you for reading!

With respectful dedication to all the Leaders of the World.

With special dedication and prayers to the memory of one rare and great man, that I had the honour and privilege to befriend and learn from:

Inspector General of Police, Pakistan,  Malik  Mohammed  Nawaz.
Honest, dedicated, and upright to the fault : Never fearing the consequences.
Thank you, Sir! 

Pakistan's Independence Day, mourns you, and the likes of you. and so do we all! 

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society Computers-Internet-Wireless

''' Mind Space '''

Good Night and God Bless!

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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