The crime problem in United States is contrary to the high measurers put by the government. There is widespread fear for committing crime in the country. This is because of the repercussions that criminals face for committing petty and hardcore crimes. This does not match the number of those serving sentences in jail. There is a constant high crime rate each year in the country. Why does the crime rate keep on increasing even with harsh measures to deal with crime?
The American dream is a major factor for the constant crime rate. Citizens are under pressure to succeed no matter what. Therefore, ambitious men opt for risky methods of success, which involves breaking the law to achieve. The dream categorizes people according to monetary values. Success in society depends on how much one owns. This creates division as those with little fall under the failure column. Inequality should not be a reason for people to commit crime. Some top crimes committed are not from the poor in society, but by the very rich and powerful. In some cases the urge of committing crime could be from the inward self who intend to put into practice a skill that one owns (Woodiwiss, 2001).
Sometimes the urge to commit a crime could be the need for one top get a direct route to success. The road to success may not be as smooth and clear as many expect. During the journey there could be routes that one could follow to reach faster and get away with it. This individual activity could lead to a crime committed if one is unlucky. Should the fact that one could get away with a crime be a motivation for committing them?
The values of the American dream could be the reason for constant increased crime rates. These values include the achievement orientation, individualism , universalism and love for money. These values if overlooked could motivate people to go for methods that increase crime rate in the society. Individualism could generate ideas that cater for self development without