Discouraging Crime by Cracking down on Criminal Behavior: Result is Safer Communities

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Discouraging Crime by Cracking down on Criminal Behavior: Result is Safer Communities The frequency of crimes committed in many communities result in a heightened fear for those affected by this criminal behavior. More focus is required on the methods used to deter crime to discourage individuals from committing criminal behavior. Understanding of what is sociably acceptable and what violates cultural standards in a community is important. Then society will be able to find suitable ways to deject criminality through means of appropriate reprimand. Despite laws set to punish those who commit a crime, criminal behavior is still present in communities. Therefore, direct focus on criminal behavior can discourage crime by more police…show more content…
Third, police presence in patrol cars can reduce deviant behavior by increasing visibility in areas prone to individuals breaking the law, such as speeding through school zones, radar police vehicles to slow traffic, and visually seeing police vehicles patrolling the streets. This method makes them able to respond quickly to calls and to look actively for crime. Whichever method of patrol the police use in a community to deter crime, the sociological perspective is a reminder to be aware of all the elements surrounding each situation to be successful (Macionis et al., 2009). The presence of police, in their many forms, contributes to a community’s awareness of crime control efforts, which result in deterring criminal behavior. Deterring Crime with Involvement from the Community Communities actively involved in deterring crime work directly with their local police to discuss any issues or expectations, learn about and address problems with crime in their area, and hear updates or resolutions on actions the police have had (Forman, 2004). Civilian based methods used in communities help to deter crime. For instance, a commonly known organization, Alberta Citizens on Patrol Association (ACOPA or better known as COP), made up of volunteer community members who want to work in collaboration with local police in creating a safer community by focusing on preventing crime (Alberta Citizens on

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