A Projection for the
Coming Few Years
Some of the
categories of "ordinary" street crime are actually
decreasing while other categories remain constant. Crime in
cities is not increasing as fast as it was the last five years,
while suburban crime is increasing very rapidly.
can we look for in the next several years?
experts agree on the answer, but this handbook does make some
projections. Crime will increase in its sophistication and in
its specialty. An example:
1976, a band of burglars and thieves operating in Johnstown,
Greensburg, Reading and Coatesville, dressed as painters or
plumbers or moving van laborers or some other type of person
working during the daytime, and using rented trucks, regular
vans, station wagons and even vehicles with a painting company
or plumbing firm name on the side (so as to not arouse anyone's
suspicion), burglarized peoples' homes. How?
would park in front of the house, act as though they were doing
service or contract work at the residence, and, in fact, be
burglarizing it. They would go so far as to plug melting tools
into the electrical sockets of the home they were burglarizing
to melt down silverware and other precious metals before
leaving. The home owner, aside from getting his home cleaned out
of all valuable possessions, also got a large electric bill the
burglars will attend, for instance, a coin collectors' meeting.
They will note who is there and when the next meeting is being
held. While the collectors are at the next session, one or two
of their homes are burglarized. And so on. Crime will become
more sophisticated these next several years. And it is also
difficult to catch this kind of criminal (but they can be caught
if citizens follow simple preventative techniques).
is truth to the statement that the poor and the uneducated are
the ones that get caught in crime. They do indeed.
also seems to be an interesting connection between unemployment
and-just as important-underemployment and crime. In many
locations where many are unoccupied and unemployed, there is
many times a higher crime rate. Crime has been used as an
alternative to unemployment by some.
as many go into the labor market and get jobs for which they
have no interest or opportunity or other incentives,
criminologists agree that there is a rising number of such
persons engaged in criminal activities (or perhaps we are just
now becoming more aware of it).
prevention and solving crimes, therefore, is becoming not just
an art but a science. Crime prevention, such as what is
described in this handbook, is a major step toward dealing with
the problem-and listing what you can do about crime.
it takes other people, many of them highly skilled and trained,
to detect "white collar" crime and other forms of
racketeering and illegal conduct. We need only consider, for
example, the case of a computer operator who, by knowing how to
manipulate the data processing machinery, actually stole
hundreds of thousands of dollars without anyone knowing
it-including the auditors. It took another computer programmer,
just as skilled, to detect it and trace it to the guilty party.
You can imagine how complicated the trial would be, dealing with
such detailed and professional material and techniques to prove
who is guilty.
a citizen you should insist on having police on the streets. But
you should also recognize that with the growing sophistication
of criminals, other forms of fighting crime need just as much
support from you.
be sure, the urban city area is not the only place with crime
today. It is everywhere and more than ever before, suburban
crime is being reported in the public press too. No longer can
people "escape" crime by moving away. It is time to
fight crime wherever we live. We are all in the same difficulty
and we are all the victims of crime indirectly through higher
consumer prices, taxes, insurance premiums and direct losses.