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Why Aren't Crimes Reported?

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Why Aren't Crimes Reported? For a large number of crimes that are committed, the biggest percentage of them is not reported to the police or authorities. This could be due to several reasons. Fear Victims might be afraid of the offenders and the consequence if they report the crime/s. An example is if a woman was being beaten up by her husband. She might not report this to the police, as she will be too scared of what he might do to her afterwards. In the case of a burglary, the person who reports it might worry that a repeat of the incident will occur. Similarly, in the case of blackmail, the victim might fear the consequence of reporting to the police to be the revelation of whatever they were being blackmailed for. Such cases may force people to keep quiet instead, due to fear. Shame/Embarrassment As a result of many crimes, victims might find themselves to be ashamed of themselves or embarrassed. ...read more.


I'm sure a lot of people will feel the same way, and therefore it is another reason why people do not bother reporting crimes. An incident may have involved no loss or damage, or the loss was too small to report, such as losing a small milk bottle from the doorstep or a plant pot. Both Benefit People may not report crimes because they themselves will be in a lot of trouble. Some crimes benefit both parties and there is no obvious victim. The consequence of reporting such offences will harm all concerned. An example of this case is the illegal supplying of drugs. Another is stealing goods and selling them off for a cheaper price. The person who steals will gain a few quid and the person buying will be able to get a great bargain. They will have had to pay a higher price if bought at a large superstore. Deal with It Yourself (DIY) Victims may feel it is a private matter that they would rather deal with themselves. ...read more.


Confidentiality: People will find it easier to talk to someone about a crime that they are reluctant to talk about if they was reassured that it would remain confidential. The crimes might be upsetting but it might be easier for them to report it and make statements if they knew that the information would be respected and not publicised unless they have permission. These crimes are likely to be private matters such as abuse within the family, rape or domestic violence. Anonymous: It might make crime reporting a lot easier if victims were allowed to remain anonymous. They might find it comforting that they have the right to remain nameless but still be able to report crimes in order for it to be dealt with. This could involve questionnaires, like the Self-Report Studies. Sympathetic: If policeman/woman were more understanding and supportive, people might find it easier to talk to them. This could encourage people to walk into a police station instead of fretting over whether to go or not. If people were more sympathetic, victims would be more confident and be reassured that they will not be laughed at. Farzana Jalil 10N 02/02/02 ...read more.

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