What defines crime? It is such a broad term that can be used to define many different “bad” situations. According to Dictionary.com, crime is “an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited”. Crime is a social problem because it is effecting a large scale of people in a negative way. Crime happens everyday, everywhere and can be a very scary thing. Crime is taking place everywhere but I would like to focus on crime around the UNCG area for this blog because it has increased since school has begun. We have all been receiving emails and texts from campus police letting us know about people on campus with guns and the robberies that have been taking place. It is nice to know that they care and from my observations it looks as if there have been more campus police on patrol.
The website: http://ope.ed.gov/security/, provides you with crime rates around universities. It gives you the option to look at a single University or to look at multiple Universities and compare there crime rates. Another useful tool for UNCG students is http://police.uncg.edu/Statistics/CrimeStats/index.php, this website allows you to see what time of crimes have happened over the past 3 years and how many crimes have occurred of that type. I think that everyone would agree that crime around University areas are a scary thing and we should do more to prevent them, but UNCG is not alone is accompanied by every other university out there. So, what can we do to reduce crime rates? Raise awareness, and if we can’t do that we should provide classes for self defense and other ways to reduce crime in our own homes. I think we should feel safe in the areas that we live in and try to find ways to make that happen.