Victimization Theories

1875 Words Sep 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Victimization Theory | Summarize the theory of victimization, describing its meaning and core concepts as it relates to the nature of crime. | Identify subcategories of the theory and describe each. | Apply the theory to one (1) real life example or scenario. Briefly explain why the theory applies to the example you identified. | Social Structure Theory | According to this theory, a persons position in the social structure controls his or her behavior. Those in the lowest socioeconomic tier are more likely to succumb to crime promoting elements in their environment, whereas those in the higher tier enjoy social and economic advantages that insulate them from crime …show more content…
A total of 26 guns were stolen during the robbery in just 32 seconds. The Orlando Police Department focused their investigation on a high crime area of Orlando called Mercy Drive, and specifically The Windsor Cove Apartments which are just a few blocks from the fairgrounds. The area in and around Mercy Drive and The Windsor Cove Apartments are both known areas for gang violence and drug activity. Two weeks after the robbery police handed out fliers to citizens in the apartment complex and the community in and effort to illicit the public's help with identifying the suspects and getting the guns of the street. Despite dealing with uncooperative citizens the police were able make 3 arrests and recover 8 of the stolen guns. I believe this case relates to Social Structure Theory, as in the teens made a calculated choice to commit the robbery. Their motivation for committing this crime, was to benefit or raise their status as gang members. | Psychological Theory | Psychological