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  • Level: GCSE
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Investigation in to types of criminal offences in a sample of Jamaicans in Portmore.

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Introduction

AN INVESTIGATION INTO TYPES OF CRIMINAL OFFENCES IN A

SAMPLE OF JAMAICANS IN PORTMORE

For the purpose of this project, crime is defined as any unlawfully act that is committed by anyone, no matter how trivial it may seem.  “The use of indecent language in public”, “Begging alms” and “Murder” are all examples of crime although the first two are trivial; while murder is very serious.

Ethical Issues

        No society can be absolutely crime free.   However, in some countries crime is much higher and more horrible than in others.  For example, the Cayman Islands compared with Jamaica.  Often, the true picture is unknown.  The statistics on crime may be exaggerated to make one country appear worse than it really is or the statistics may be understated to cover up the real state of affairs.  Consequently, researchers have to find suitable methods to discover the truth when they are investigating crime objectively in any society.

        To this end, it is therefore the main aim of this project to ascertain the true state of crime in the Portmore Community.  Portmore is a dormitory community with about 300,000 residents.  It is the only are its kind in the entire Caribbean.  Most people work outside the community and most children go to school outside of Portmore.  Hence, it is quite easy for crime to be frequent because most residents are away from home for almost half of each day.

        In conducting this project, the researcher was honest and objective in collecting and analyzing the data and reporting the findings.  She recognized also the confidentiality of the important.  People do not like to disclose information about themselves if they expect that this information will not be kept a secret.

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Middle

9

Total

8

7

15

TABLE 9-QUESTION 10

Recorded Crime

Sex

Yes

No

N/A

Total

Male

1

-

5

6

Female

6

1

2

9

Total

7

1

7

15

TABLE 10-QUESTION 11

Further Police Action Taken

Sex

Yes

No

N/A

Total

Male

-

1

5

6

Female

4

3

2

9

Total

4

4

7

15

-Please note that the numbers seen beside the different categories are the

number of respondents who gave the same response or who referred to it.

TABLE 11-QUESTION 12

Type of Action Taken By Police

  • Warning (2)
  • Collected evidence
  • Nothing came out of complaint
  • Case went to court- person sentenced

*Most persons did not respond to this question

TABLE 12-QUESTION 13

Reasons given for not reporting offence

  • No reason given (7)
  • A matter of personal pride
  • It was minor and the police could not help (3)
  • I did not want my parents to know
  • I didn’t think that anything would come out of it
  • The police would make the situation worse; the feud would get worse between our gang and the other.

TABLE 13-QUESTION 14

Was offence committed in public

Sex

Yes

No

N/A

Total

Male

3

2

1

6

Female

2

7

-

9

Total

5

9

1

15

TABLE 14-QUESTION 15

Offer of Help

Sex

Yes

No

N/A

Total

Male

1

4

1

6

Female

1

7

1

9

Total

2

11

2

15

TABLE 15-QUESTION 16

Type of Precautions to Prevent Crime

MALE

  • Don’t hang out with strangers
  • Avoid going to unoccupied places alone
  • Aware of strangers (2)
  • Grill house
  • Don’t go out late at night
  • Don’t trust people easily
  • Leave large sums of money at home

FEMALE

  • I don’t go to clubs
  • Don’t go out late at nights (3)
  • Try to avoid arguments
  • Stay alert at all times (2)
  • Have security measures at home
  • Keep valuables locked away
  • Grill house (2)
  • Walk in groups
  • Come in at accepted hours
  • Stay away from areas susceptible to crime
  • Locked all doors before going to bed
  • Try not to be in a position to be a victim of crime
  • Do not trust step father anymore
  • I don’t talk to men anymore
  • Report suspicious movements to police
  • Find it hard to trust people
  • Carry less cash in purse

TABLE 16-QUESTION 17

Impact of Crime on Victim

Categories

Male

Female

Total

Afraid

-

5

5

Nervous and trembling

-

2

2

Sick

1

1

2

Not afraid

1

-

1

No serious after effect

1

-

1

More careful after incident

4

8

12

Total

7

16

23

*Seven persons suffered multiple effects

TABLE 17-QUESTION 18

Occurrence of Petty Crime in Community

Categories

Male

Female

Total

Not frequently

4

6

10

Frequently

2

1

3

Very frequently

-

-

-

Don’t know

1

1

2

Total

7

8

15

TABLE 18-QUESTION 19

Occurrence of Serious Crime in Community

Categories

Male

Female

Total

Very frequently

-

-

-

Frequently

2

2

4

Not frequently

3

5

8

Don’t know

1

1

2

No response

-

1

1

Total

6

9

15

TABLE 1-QUESTION 1 AND 2

Age Range

Age

Male

Female

Total

10-19

3

5

8

20-29

2

-

2

30-39

-

2

2

40-49

-

-

-

50-59

-

2

2

60 and over

1

-

1

Total

6

9

15

TABLE 2-QUESTION 3

Marital Status

Status

Male

Female

Total

Single

5

6

11

Married

1

3

4

Widowed

-

-

-

Common law

-

-

-

Total

6

9

15

TABLE 3-QUESTION 4

Social class

Class

Male

Female

Total

Upper

-

-

-

Middle

4

9

13

Lower

-

-

-

Don’t know

2

-

2

Total

6

9

15

TABLE 4-QUESTION 5

Employment Status

Status

Male

Female

Total

Unemployed

3

5

8

Employed

1

3

4

Unskilled

-

-

-

Professional skilled

1

-

1

Technically skilled

1

-

1

Don’t know

-

1

1

Total

6

9

15

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Conclusion

When you complete this self-report, you are providing information that will enable the researcher to have an accurate picture of crime and its impact on the society.

The data you supply will be kept in the strictest confidence and will only be used for research purposes.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely

Karen Burrowes (Miss)

Student

Complete the following data honestly.  Place a [   ] tick in the appropriate place of your choice.  Answer all questions.

  1. Age: __________
  1. Sex: __________
  1. Marital Status: _________________
  1. Place of abode: _____________________________

                                      _____________________________

      5)        Social status:        Working class [   ]        Middle class [   ]        Upper class [   ]

      6)        Employment status:        Unemployed [   ]     Domestic [   ]

                                                   Casual worker [   ]   Skilled  self employed [   ]

                                                   Unskilled self employed [   ]    Professional [   ]

                                                  Entertainer [   ]     Artisan [   ]

Put a tick in the appropriate column that applies to you:

  1. Have any of these offences happened to you in the last four years?

OFFENCES

TICK

Assault

Rape

Attempted Rape

Battery

Attempted Kidnap

Kidnapped

Malicious wounding

Evicted unlawfully from a premises you rented

8)        If you have suffered any other crime not included at number 8, please state it      

       clearly here.

  1. _______________________________
  2. _______________________________
  3. _______________________________

    9)        Did you report the matter to the police? Yes [   ]        No [   ]

  10)        If your answer is yes did the police record your complaint?        Yes [   ]       No [   ]

  11)        Did the police take any further action?    Yes [   ]        No [   ]

  12)        If yes, please explain briefly

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

  13)        If your answer is no, why did you not report the offence to the police?

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

  14)        Was the offence committed in the view of the public?

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

        __________________________________________________________________

  15)        Did anyone offer you any help? Please explain

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

            __________________________________________________________________

        __________________________________________________________________

  1. What precautions do you take to prevent crime?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 17)        What impact did this offence have on you?

            Afraid [   ]        Nervous and trembling [   ]        Sick [   ]      Not afraid [   ]

            No serious after effect [   ]        More careful after the incident [   ]

18)        Does petty crime occur in your community?

       Not frequently [   ]        Frequently [   ]     Very frequently [   ]

         Do not know [   ]

19)        Does serious crime occur in your community?        

       Very frequently [   ]        Frequently [   ]   Not frequently [   ]     Do not know [   ]

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THE ABOVE

                               CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

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BEING SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF UNIT II OF THE CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY COUNCIL

NAME:                Karen Burrowes

ID NUMBER:                02/PU/02594

INSTITUTION:        Portmore Community College

LECTURER:                Mr. Scott

SUBJECT:                Sociology

BEING SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF UNIT II OF THE CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY COUNCIL

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