No jobs=Higher Crime?

Now that we know that a record number of Americans filed have field unemployment benefits we can begin to consider the consequences from a SECURITY (crime) perspective.

Initial jobless claims soared to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million in the week ended March 21, according to the Department of Labor.

Does HIGH unemployment lead to more crimes?

A report from NPR back in 2008 when the economy was in bad shape sheds some light on this question. The report states that when the economy trouble “many people assume a crime wave is just around the corner. But criminologists say that’s just an American myth.”

For evidence they point to the 1920s: “It was a period of booming economic prosperity, the roaring ’20s, and very high crime,” says David Kennedy, director of the Center for Crime Prevention at John Jay College of Criminal Studies.

The 1950s and ’60s were the same. The economy was great, but crime rates rose every single year.

Conclusion: Experts say there will always be some people who take to robbing liquor stores in tough times. But those people were already likely to rob stores even in good times, making it a statistical wash. And there’s something else: When the economy goes bad, many people move in with parents or relatives, and they stay home more — both of which appear to have a calming effect, experts say.

Criminologists go a step further and say these economic crimes eventually will show up in the overall crime rate. But experts say never in huge numbers, and rarely do they appear in large increases to violent crime.

Team HOPE!

So will HIGH global unemployment give birth to a “global crime wave”? We don’t know but one thing is for certain: In a volatile world having a security mindset will become an essential skill.

However this ends up here’s a quote to get us in the right mindset for what’s to come: “Prepare for the WORST and hope for the BEST!”

@DavidSecurity and we’re out!

Published by DavidSecurity

A Security Professional helping International organizations and travelers THRIVE Safely.

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