Common Categories of Local Criminals

We could generally categorize the prevalent crimes that exist within the neighborhood into three: property, non-violent, and violent criminal acts. We could further specify the actual types of crimes that occur most often within our area which include common theft, vandalism and graffiti, robbery/burglary, and assault. Although predatory criminal offenses and are infrequent in our locality it is necessary to take it into account and continually be aware that our area could at any time become vulnerable to such.

Considering that our community is a residential district, we are mainly the targets of burglars. It is the case that there are different types of burglar personalities, and in knowing these we shall be able to devise the right way to respond to them when the need arises. Some burglars can be categorized as possessing unpredictable behaviors; these are the kind that does not have a plan when they decide to invade your homes.

They tend to be very reactive and have the tendency to resort to violence in order to get what they want. The motivations behind these kinds of offenders may be linked to drug addiction, overdue debts and alcoholism to name a few (Pickett, 2006). As such they are to a certain extent no longer have a clear mind and in most cases exhibits symptoms of anxiety and aggression. The area in which they commit their acts are often not far from their own residency, if not it would more like be the upper scale district closest to theirs.

The most vulnerable to this form of burglars are easy access homes, as well as houses whose residents are senior citizens (Pickett, 2006). The second type could be considered as the professionals, unlike amateur and sporadic burglars. Criminals who have made a living out of house robbery are keen to having a plan, getting into your homes undetected, and avoids confrontation as much as possible. They tend to stake out possible houses as well as the lifestyle patterns of its targets.

They will constrain and use force when caught and are usually armed (Pickett, 2006). A local community is also prone to property theft (auto or common wise), usually offenders include erratic thieves as well as juvenile delinquents ("Arizona Auto Theft Study," 2006). These sorts tend to pick a property based on the accessibility of the item. A car for example parked on the sideway in an poorly lighted street as well as cars in large parking lots are sure to catch these criminals’ attention ("Arizona Auto Theft Study," 2006).

Vandalism and graffiti are non-violent crimes more generically termed as malicious destruction of property, however they tend to destroy public property as well as create disturbance within the neighborhood. Usually, petty crimes like this are engaged by youth delinquents (Dan Lewis & Salem, 1986) and unfortunately a lot of them are actual members of the community although at times random strangers could also be held responsible. The target of vandals and graffiti usually include buildings, parks, shops, and even cars.

There are infrequent cases of vandalism of homes since vandals would usually do their deed when and where they are least likely to be seen. Lastly, predatory criminals should always be registered, and the community has to be informed. Children and young women within the neighborhood are the most vulnerable against sex offenders. The latter usually observe their would-be victims, tries to not attract too much attention/anti-social/exhibiting excite or anxiety, and would be lurking within the same vicinity a couple of times prior to his offense (Markaw, 2005).

Knowing these characteristics may heighten the awareness of the neighborhood watch; allowing them to be able to keep an eye on suspicious behavior and immediately inform other residents. In pinpointing the prevalent crimes in the community, we are able to conceive a plan that directly addresses the issues most pertinent to us ("Neighborhood Watch Organizer's Guide," 2006). We can also create preventive measures in securing our homes as well as coordinating with the police in lessening if not eliminating these incidents.