Crime pays because we buy

Fighting crime by deploying the army, building more prisons and rehabilitating prisoners will help, but these measures are not sustainable and will not eradicate the problem.

Fighting crime by deploying the army, building more prisons and rehabilitating prisoners will help, but these measures are not sustainable and will not eradicate the problem.

To deal with a problem one has to tackle its cause. What motivates people to become involved in criminal activities? Honestly answering this question is the first step to eradicating crime.

I believe that there are two factors that motivate criminals. Firstly, a ready market for their stolen goods and, secondly, social behaviour and lifestyle.

In most cases, criminals know where to sell their stolen goods. Members of the public are to blame for this. It has become normal for us to buy an expensive item on the street for next to nothing and not be concerned about where it came from.

Our behaviour makes it difficult for criminals to be caught and it also makes their work very easy.

I believe that most South Africans who are involved in crime do it not because they are poor, but for material gain and to be accepted in their communities. This behaviour is the result of our materialistic lifestyles.

To effectively deal with crime we have to destroy the market for stolen goods, work harder on police intelligence and examine our own consciences, morals and values.

Anonymous, Gauteng

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