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"How far do you accept the belief that if crime is rising, it is because people today lack a clear understanding of right and wrong."

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"How far do you accept the belief that if crime is rising, it is because people today lack a clear understanding of right and wrong." I totally disagree with this statement, and therefore feel that crime is not rising as a result of today's generation lacking an understanding of what is right and wrong. Rather, I feel that the apparent rise in crime in our society can be attributed to a number of other and notably less derogatory factors. Firstly, the nature of reporting crime has transformed tremendously over the past years, thus appearing to inflating crime figures to all new boundaries. People nowadays, unlike in the past have to obtain crime reference numbers in order to claim on their respective insurance policies. ...read more.

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In addition, even the introduction of new technology within the police service can be attributed to the evident rise in crime: for example, the introduction of computerised crime logging as a result of technological advances could result in the improved recording of minor incidents, that were otherwise forgot about in the past. Furthermore, the changing attitudes of some people who feel criminal activities such as smoking cannabis should no longer be perceived as an immoral or anti-social activity, will also result in increased crime figures when their is no subsequent major change stating otherwise in the law. While on the other hand, behaviour that was previously ignored or regarded as benign - like dropping litter, when backed up by police action, can also increase these figures. ...read more.

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Moreover, being subjected to the ever present mass media, which now has a larger impact than ever before due to advanced communications, people are more susceptible to mimicking criminal activities that have been reported and broadcast. By the media almost glorifying some forms of crime, the publics' vision may be blurred from realising that these activities are in fact wrong. Therefore, in conclusion, I believe that in today's current society, crime is not rising as a result of today's generation lacking an understanding of what is right and wrong. Rather, statistical slander may be the recent culprit of apparent rises in crime, rather than the changing values of right and wrong that society holds. Nowadays, it is much easier and faster to collect data, in order to produce a myriad of statistics that can be easily manipulated. ...read more.

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