Criminal Behavior And The Criminal Acts

1115 WordsApr 11, 20165 Pages
It is not an easy task to try and figure out why people commit criminal acts. Criminal behavior has been studied for many years and theories have been suggested as to this very topic. Criminal behavior is when an individual commits a criminal act. A criminal act constitutes the violation of breaking the law. Criminal behavior can be linked to many crimes like organized crime along with misdemeanors and felonies (Jones, 2005). Burglaries are no exception when it comes to criminal behavior. Burglaries consist of either violent or non-violent and crimes against property. Burglaries can occur with or without the use of a weapon. Burglary is defined as “a breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony therein” (Culp, Kopp, & McCoy, 2015, p. vii-viii). There are certain criminological theories that are associated with burglary. These theories are Rational Choice Theory, Social Learning Theory, and Strain Theory. These criminological theories can explain the concepts of why individuals commit criminal acts. Criminological theories can be similar in some ways. They are expanded from other scientist’s theories thus branching off into new criminological theories. Criminological theories started in the classical school in the 1700’s, the positivist school in the 1800’s, and the Chicago school in the early 1900’s. From the mid 1900’s until today came theories such as labeling, deterrence, Marxist, rational choice as well as many
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