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crime and poverty

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Crime and Poverty Name: Charlie Harvey Form: 11s Candidate Number: 4128 Hypothesis "There is a high proportion of crime in Newham due to material deprivation" To what extent is this true? Aims 1) I aim to find out whether there is a higher proportion of crime in Newham or not. 2) I aim to investigate whether high crime rates are a result of material deprivation or other factor such as peer pressure and unemployment. 3) I will use primary research methods such as questionnaires to find out peoples view on crimes rates in Newham and what they think the causes of it are. 4) I will use secondary research such as statistics on Newham to find out current information on crimes which I will be able to use to either support or disprove my hypothesis. 5) I aim to prove my hypothesis correct. Introduction Crime in Newham has been a major concern for the council and the local communities; it has been frequently in the news. An example of crime in Newham has been the Adam Regis incident in 2007 and the police are still looking for people of Newham to come forward with any information about the case that they may have. Crime statistics show that in 2006/2007 CDRPs (Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships that 30.8% of violence against the person has taken place. Also theft of motor vehicle offences has 7.7% however theft from a vehicle offence is 18.4% (statistics are per 1000 of the population in the local authority area) these crime statistics show that crime rates are high in Newham at the moment. The way it compares to the rest of the UK is that in Liverpool in 2006/7 CDRPs that only in Liverpool violence against the person is only 27% which is lower than Newham in 2006/2007 and so shows that there is more violence in Newham in 2006/2007. ...read more.

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I will try and find out what certain sociological words mean by looking in sociological dictionary and text books to help me use sociological words. This would help me back up my hypothesis and will also give me something to compare my primary findings to. The advantages of using the Internet and newspapers are they are easy access and there is a lot to choose from to find out on things that are roaming around the news and Internet. The disadvantages would be there might be no crime statistics on the Internet and also that there may be no crime updates in the news for research. I will try and resolve this disadvantage by looking at different websites every day to see updates on crimes and gangs. For my sociology coursework I am carrying out a piece of research on crime in the local community. Please answer all the following questions. All information provided will remain strictly confidential. What is your gender? Male Female What is your age? Below 15 16-20 21-25 26-30 30+ What is your ethnicity? White African-Caribbean Asian Other please specify 1) Do you think that there is much crime in Newham? Yes No If yes what type of crimes do you think there are? Mugging Knife Crime Gun Crime Other please specify 2) What do you think causes crime? Peer Pressure Material deprivation Media influence Boredom Poverty Other please specify Which do you think is the most important cause and why? 3) Who do you think commits crime? Males Females Young Older Ethnic Minorities Why? 4) Do you think there has been a change lately in Newham of Crime? Yes No Why? Explain you answer 5) Do you think that Material Deprivation exists in Newham? Yes No How do you know this? 6) Do you think crime is worse than Newham compared to other parts of the UK? Yes No Why? ...read more.

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It worked well as I was able to carry out the questionnaire well and the questions were good as they were the right ones for the topic. I wouldn't change no questions because the questions were right in my view because it had to do with the topic. However my hypothesis was not fully proved because there is not a high proportion of crime in Newham due material deprivation because there are other factors compared to what people think on crime in Newham. These factors included boredom, media influence and peer pressure. All the people had different views on what crime was committed and why its committed in Newham. I think I could have improved my method by asking more questions on what people think of more questions to find out peoples views on material deprivation but however this would have led to not prove one of my aims to find out other factors. I think overall I have managed to prove 4 1/2 out of 5 of my aims because there is a high proportion of crime in Newham but this is not caused from material deprivation. However as a whole I think that I have proved everything I can because there is a high proportion of crime in Newham so I feel as I have proved everything I can from this project. Overall I have learned what people think about Newham and the crime that happens in Newham. Many people had different views on what goes on Newham and the crime that surround it. Also the time limit I had was good because I was ahead and I was on the next part of the project but sometimes behind but came back on track again. I would have changed the way I think during this project because I think that this project could have more thought into it and could of pulled more parts off more better because I could have had more though planning what I was going to do. ...read more.

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