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The age/crime relationship

The age to crime relationship refers to the correlation between the age of offenders and
committing crime. It is undeniable that there is a relationship between age and crime. Most
people commit crime in their younger years. When we are young our mind is still developing and
because of that we tend to test boundaries. We look for ways to test what it is right and wrong
and what we can get away with. There is a clear boundary when it comes to homicide, taking
someone else’s life is not a behavior we encourage as positive but there are other scenarios where
it is not as clear for someone younger. I remember in high school, senior year, I was going
through some tough times and I did not want to go to school. I had max the amount of unexcused
absences I could have. One day I wasn’t feeling well and decided not to go to school. I knew I
needed a written note from a doctor in order to not fail every class I had worked on the whole
year. I did not have one so I decided that I would take an old excuse and change the date, not the
greatest idea. I went to school the next day and handed my note in. I was amazed with myself
because I thought I had gotten away with that. During my second class my principal called me to
his office; I wondered what he wanted because I thought I had done nothing that required his
attention. When I entered his office I saw the letter on his desk and immediately started making
excuses. He said “this is not a debate, you failed all you classes, go to your next class”. On my
way out I saw my classmate from chemistry class, the same class mate who once told me that
lying wasn’t worth it when I asked why he told the chemistry teacher that we had broken the test
tubes from an experiment, he told the principal he wasn’t feeling well and he needed an excused
absence in order to not fail his classes, the principal replied sure I will give you one but make
sure you come to class for the rest of the year. I was amazed and ashamed at the same time. I had

I was never absent again and finish my school year with good grades. It was like he knew I would learn my lesson but I only learned because of what I saw on my way out. Cultural and historical periods . We as human beings grow in body. From that day I learn that admitting your mistakes and telling the truth were worth it no matter the situation you found yourself in. That situation could have gone different and maybe I would not be where I am today. mind and spirit. You are able to know right from wrong at early age but your body doesn’t have the capacity to act upon that at this age. 57). Steinberg. The reason for that story is that I would not do that today but I did when I was younger.tested a boundary and failed miserably. he gave me a second chance. 2007 found the following: “psycho-social capacities that improve decision making and reduce decision making—such as impulse control. Steffensmeier & harrer as cited in (Steffensmeier & Ulmer. Age is not the only reason for crime variation in age differences. I learned from that experience and that is why crime and age have a relationship. The general idea is that crime decreased as population age but for crimes that do not decrease with age there are other explanations. emotion regulation. When we grow and are able to evaluate right and wrong better we tend to commit less crime. There is likelihood that you will commit crime in the ages between 15 and 24 years of age. 2014). delay of gratification and resistance to peer influence—continue to mature well into adulthood” (pg. This means that I knew faking that doctor’s note was wrong but because of my lack of experience I made a poor decision. The variation of crime rate trends over time can be explained by the changes in proportion of the population between 15 and 24 years old. I let my emotions control my behavior and did not allow myself to make a decision based on what I knew was right. My principal did not fail me. We can have the idea of what is right and wrong at age 15 but in order to better control our emotions and avoid influence from our peers we need to mature into adulthood.

Offenders will find attractive targets to commit their crimes. The reason theft happens often in my city might be that there is not always a capable guardian present when the crimes happen. This is important to note because it means crime is lower than the previous year. 2014). One of the aspects of routine activities is either present or absent and crime is not taking place as much as the previous year. In my city the highest crime is theft according to city-data. We commonly think of police officers and security personnel as guardians but it can be any person whose presence stops the crime from taking place.V channel that explain how to avoid being victims of certain crimes that are easily preventable by certain behaviors like walking in groups instead of alone especially late at night. There were 618 thefts in 2013 compared to 794 in 2012. There are adds in the local T. The relationship between crime and age is that the older we get we tend to age out of crime. . A guardian can be any person which presence will deter the offender from committing the Crime is greater in youth because of the lack of control in the human body at early age. Routine activities theory explains how crime happens because essential controls are absent. youth who do not have the same chance to integrate into society and types of crime where illegitimate opportunities increase instead of decreasing (Steffensmeier & Ulmer. Police presence is one of them especially in poor lighted places around the city. motivated offender and lack of capable guardian. People are also being educated in ways to prevent being a suitable target for crime. There are other reasons why people commit crime in late ages and it depends on social situations. There is another aspect that has to be absent.where youth have more access to criminal activities. the guardian. Routine activities theory explains that in order for crime to happen there has to be a suitable target. This crime is highly publicized because it is the most common crime taking place in the city.

Citation .

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