Crime—an Overview - Factors In The Rate Of Crime
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The FBI lists many factors that can influence the rate of crime in a particular area, including:
- Population density and degree of urbanization (big city growth).
- Variations in the makeup of the population, particularly where youth is most concentrated.
- Stability of the population—residents' tendencies to move around (mobility), commuting patterns, and length of time residing in the area (transient factors).
- Types and condition of transportation and highway systems available.
- Economic conditions, including average income, poverty, and job availability.
- Cultural conditions, such as educational, recreational, and religious characteristics.
- Family conditions with respect to divorce and family togetherness.
- Climate and weather.
- Effectiveness of law enforcement agencies.
- Policies of other parts of the criminal justice system (prosecutorial, judicial, correctional, and probational).
- Attitudes of residents toward crime.
- Crime-reporting practices of the citizens.