Crime has a negative effect on all our lives and damages entire communities. It threatens businesses and creates a sense of fear. So what exactly is crime?
A crime is any act or deviant behaviour that breaks the law. Every country has its own set of laws and makes decisions about what is legal and what is illegal. These laws are usually made by the government or ruling party in order to keep order and peace. We may also have an idea of what is ‘normal’ behaviour and we generally recognise types of deviant behaviour that fall outside this concept.
Like crime, deviance is behaviour that most people would classify as ‘not normal’ and what society regards as unacceptable. But while crime involves breaking the law, not all deviant behaviour is criminal. For example, your neighbour may keep 50 cats. You may think this is not normal, but your neighbour is not a criminal because of it. Just as not all deviant behaviour is a crime, there are examples of crimes that are not deviant. For example, speeding is illegal, and while not being considered socially acceptable, perpetrators are not thought of as criminals.
Globally, theft is the most common crime, followed by assault and vehicle crimes. Murder is considered one of the most serious crimes, and worldwide more than 400,000 people die from homicide each year. There is no doubt that tackling crime is a high priority in every country around the world.
The crime topics we produce resources for include:
- Criminal Activity
- Deviant Behaviour
- What is Illegal Activity
- Common Crime
- Serious Crimes
We publish digital crime resources for schools to provide help, guidance and education on various crime issues. The digital crime resource packs we produce give crime information that informs and educates in a classroom setting.