The levels and categories of crime in Chicago are increasing with each new dawn (U. S. Census Bureau. 2010). In this context all types of crime including, murder, robbery, rape, drug abuse, fraud, and vandalism among others are very common. Though there is no precise justification on the causes of the crime; issues like unemployment, illiteracy, poor parenting, weak legal structure, corrupt police force, and general attitude towards crime have greatly contributed to the high levels of crime in Chicago.
From another perspective, the level and type of crime varies with the location, level of people’s education, and race of the residents. Basically, this paper will address the insights of the rational theory in understanding the general concept of crime in Chicago; why criminals are able to find suitable targets and the aspect of vulnerability to crime (Rule, 1997). The increase in crime in Chicago has been induced by poor legal framework and deteriorated police force which gives room for criminals (Chicago Police Department. 2010).
In this scenario the police are assumed to have failed in cracking down the gangs since the gangs are seen to tolerate criminals despite the fact that they have all the machinery. Unfortunately, most of the gangs are well organized and equipped thus making their work very effective. This is realized from the sense that, gangs in Chicago have a lot of weapons at their disposal and that training of new members is effectively done. In this case, the gangs are specialized and have the tactics thus are in apposition of finding suitable targets (Lott, 2000).
Further, it is evident that each type of crime is attributed to a certain group of people thus each criminal has his/her own target. For instance, white collar crime which includes fraud, bribery, money laundering is practiced by people of high social class. On the other hand, people from middle social ranks are associated with the blue collar crime. This category of crime includes housebreak, vehicle theft, sexual harassment, and vandalism. Further, juvenile crime is very common among the school dropouts who specialize in crime.
This form of crime is very common in Chicago and it involves, drug peddling, burglary, and snatching (Lott, 2000). Chicago is ranked very low in terms of social frameworks and education system (U. S. Department of Education. 2010). Ethics is not well practiced in Chicago since most of the people are tolerant to crime and see it as unavoidable in the human society. First, crime has led to many parents being arrested thus leaving the children with no guardians. This situation encourages the children to enter into crime since they have no other source of livelihood.
Poor parenting and lack of adherence to morals has led to children growing up without knowledge of essential social values thus weakening the social framework. On the aspect of education, many school dropouts are evident due to poverty and lack of government support thus contributing to increase in crime (Russick, 2007). Generally, there is unappealing ratio between police and the residents thus making them more prone to attack (Chicago Police Department. 2010). There is a significant absence of guardians in residential areas which put the residents at a great risk of attack.
The presence of guardians is very essential since most of the assailants in Chicago are armed and thus the common man can not evade attack. People living in crime torn areas have a very negative attitude towards the police and the laws. This is so because, they belief that the police have a hand in the rising levels of crimes since they are very reluctant in dealing with criminals (Russick, 2007). Conclusion To sum up, it is quite clear that poor legal structures and a weak police force has contributed to the current level of crime in Chicago.
This has made it easy for criminals to easily find their targets. In this case, adequate police force and a strong legal structure should be put in place in order to curb crime in Chicago. Reference list Lott, J. (2000). More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws. New York: University Of Chicago Press. Rule, J. (1997). Theory and Progress in Social Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Russick, J. (2007). Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era. New York: Turner Publications.