The main culprit that has been identified by the public as being solely responsible for the increasing crime rate is the government. This misconception pertaining to crime poses a serious challenge as the ratings of how governments are able to deal with crime have been identified as being key drivers of overall view of the current government as well as the quality of life that its citizens are able to enjoy (Duffy and Bobby et al. 2).
The issues pertaining to crime have been identified as being a staple topic of political campaigns and media coverage. Ever since the 1968 U.S. presidential election when the then Republican candidate Richard Nixon actively campaigned on the promise of restoring order and law, subsequent presidential candidates have been promising to do the same and this is identified as having further fuelled the public misconception of crime.
According to Duffy and Bobby et al. (12) Mass media has been identified as being a relatively powerful amplifying mechanism in respect to the coverage of crime. However, this has led to the development of a series of misconceptions pertaining to increased crime rate. In the media coverage of crime, a key element of this coverage is the overall seriousness of the crime. The more serious a crime is identified as being, the higher its chances of being reported. As a result of using seriousness as the key news criterion when reporting about crime, the media has at times over-reported crimes that are very unlikely to occur. This has served to present to the public a misconstrued perception of the world in relation to the occurrence of criminal activities. In reality, the more serious a given crime is, the less the likelihood of its happening.
A number of high-profile criminal cases have over the years been instrumental in raising the public perception in relation to some