In USA, one of the most famous crime is gun crime, which involved the use of guns, ranging from handguns to even machine guns. Such weapons could be easily bought illegally from even hardware stores in chaotic neighborhoods. Gun crimes in the USA have doubled over the last six years and there are more people now using illegal firearms than before. In Alabama, which has a history of gun crimes, it has a murder rate of 70 per year, more than the whole of West Midlands put together. However, the Birmingham police has ever since developed a harsher way to deal with such crimes. For example, anyone caught selling drugs within a three metres radius of a school or housing estate is hit with a 5 year jail charge on top of any other charges if in possession of illegal firearm. Every since, it has reduced gun related crimes by half and has been successful in isolating criminals found in possession of any firearms.
Another crime, which could caused huge sums of money to be lost, is internet crime. Internet crimes are usually committed by hackers. Bank account information, credit card information all could be easily accessed by these hackers if the user is not careful when making online purchases. Also, professional hackers could also have the ability to get hold of state secrets and top-classified information. When such information are in the wrong hands, disasters like war may even happen. Huge sums of money would also be lost during the process. Another aspect of internet crime is obscenities. Explicit contents like child pornography could be easily accessed even though it is a crime for child pornography to be distributed in many countries today.
Other violent crime includes forcible rape, robbery, burglary, property crimes, motor vehicle theft and arson. Petty crimes like robbery have been exceptionally on the rise through the years. In New York, the state which has the highest crime rate in the USA, it could be seen that petty crimes have been rising at least by 50% as the years gone by, the state with the highest statistic for petty crime is Missouri, with over 10 000 of such crimes reported in 2008.
Crimes cause the lives of people to be affected in a way, making some feeling insecure about the environment they live in. Many live in fear that one day, they might be hurt by criminals who just want to get hands on their valuables and hurt them. In order to stop this, much still needs to be done by the state government to stop the increase in crimes in the USA.
By Clement Ong (10S25)