As your textbook points out, crime in the United States remains a serious problem that concerns the public. Public opinion about crime does not always match reality. In Figure 1 above, you may see that there is a perception that the crime rate is rising continually, yet Figure 2 shows that rate of property crimes peaked in the 1970s and violent crimes peaked in the 1990s.
First, define crime. What are the types of crime? What are the sociological theories about the causes of crime? According to your text, who is most afraid of crime, why? What is driving this misconception about the crime rate? What are the least and most affective ways of reducing crime?
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