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Asked on July 1, 2016 10:08 am
I do think that whilst one does not always lead to another, poverty may drive people to do things that may not always align with their morals or desires. Poverty may leave people with fewer options but to commit crime in order to ’get by’ in life.
(Alice at July 12, 2016 8:01 pm)
Poverty does not lead you to crime because crimes lead you to problems you can not solve, the time you spend committing crimes is waited as you could get a better way of solving your problem of poverty.
(Najib(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 9:02 am)
Poverty is good when you do not steal but when you steal poverty is bad…
(Sharifa(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 9:04 am)
My opinion on this will be in a biblical way, the love for money is a root of all kinds of evil, many people think it says money itself is evil but it does not matter, if one is rich or poor one can desire money in both situations
(Joshua(Kenya) at July 14, 2016 9:22 am)
Even if you are poor, you should behave well and not commit crimes because if you behave well, people are more likely to help you if they think you are a good person.
(Sylvia at July 17, 2016 8:48 am)
to your question above, I would like to comment with some song lyrics from Tanya Stephens ”The Sound of My Tears”… She explains it so well.. ”Any people who don’t spend enuff to provide for the poor You won’t be able to spend enuff to protect the rich Think poverty a poor people problem? Think again how much people problem How can I be good? When it is so much cheaper to be bad How can I survive when the chances I don’t have? Me have to hustle How can I promise me a go change When me legal life is above my price range, me have hustle? The law forbin’ me to carry a gun but my enemies have one Me na gone run now me have to buss it They want me to call the police But me a dem already in some serious beef me now gone trust it We use to be the best of friends But politcs a cause the whole a we face for bend me can take it This one bag a orange turn green And the whole a we a play for the same fucking team That now gone make rude bowy not no make What me say wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (This a the sound of my tears) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (Most time they fall from there peers) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (This a sound of your pain) Wo, a wo, o, o, o, o, o (Let it rain) How can you judge they way how me live? When you don’t provide me with no good alternative me a have to juggle The way tings a run me can’t take it no more I rather to be dead then poor me nah gone struggle Can’t afford to buy my son a slice a bun How me gone convince him to drop the gun He nah gone listen You think him gone follow good advice from what him Got over the phone from his father who’s still in a prison And all who a love the ghetto the youths pon TV And come a streets and hype up dem way me have to let go And all who a say a solider couldn’t last a day In a hour postion dem for let go yah rude bowy Don’t make them stress you ma have a turn over this Yeah, and tell them Tanya said so Yo acknowledgment is the first step to all the solution But everybody a act like they a not part a the problem And the minute the youth a really get out of the slam Is like there mind completely out of the slam Soon they want everybody start call them big man and boss And the only time they go back to the hood Is when the want floss sorry”
(Sandra (Germany) at July 21, 2016 4:16 pm)
That’s a great song – do you think music like this can help to challenge inequality?
(Anonymous at July 21, 2016 4:17 pm)
I’m sure it can contribute. Speaking the words of those who isn’t being heard. You can spread messages, encourage people and to make them feel united.. I like when Tanya says ”How can I promise me a go change When me legal life is above my price range”, so to answer the question, what can they do that they haven’t tried in order to live a legal life. And we could also talk about what kind of crime could be a result of poverty and why. Is it a crime to steal food when you are starving for example.
(Sandra (Germany) at July 21, 2016 4:17 pm)
I would like to think people of any income level who rob, rape and murder do so because they lack a functioning conscience and moral self-control. It is not material poverty that causes violent crime, but poor character and responsibility
(Solomon (Uganda) at July 24, 2016 1:06 pm)
poverty makes a person to get involved in crime forinstance stealing and murder.
(Isima from Uganda at July 28, 2016 11:05 am)
No poverty doesnt make you to do crimes,because on the streets of jinja you can collect scrap. pick plastic bottles, sell them to get money therefore u cant do crimes.
(Ibula from Uganda,SALVE international at July 28, 2016 11:10 am)
But what if you couldn’t find any scrap or bottles Ibula – if you had no money and no way of making money would you consider crime as another answer?
(Nicola (UK) at July 28, 2016 11:14 am)
It is always good to understand your situation because the moment to act bad people start distancing from because you never have good character in other words you loose friends
(Timothy (Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:40 am)
Do you think that having supportive friends and family can stop you from committing crimes, Timothy?
(Anna (UK) at July 28, 2016 11:58 am)
Najib: not everyone seems to know that doing crime only makes your situation worse
(Anonymous (Norway) at July 28, 2016 12:02 pm)
Does crime always make your situation worse? Sometimes you get away with it and it can make things better!
(Katie at July 28, 2016 12:16 pm)
As many have said here, I think it’s down to each persons individual situation as well as values, culture and religion. The way you have been nurtured by your surroundings plays an imperative role in the decisions you make i.e. to steal or not.
(JH at July 28, 2016 12:47 pm)
Crime is not just stealing though is it? What about abuse in the home? Does poverty make it more likely?
(Anonymous at July 28, 2016 12:57 pm)
I think if you have a family to feed and no means of doing this, then absolutely crime may be an avenue you pursue in order to provide food. Crime can be positively or negatively motivated – I do believe there are times when people are driven to make decisions (on crime) in order to keep themselves/their family safe/fed/watered; which may involve something illegal/negative but it is the only option (in their mind) left.
(Em at July 28, 2016 1:07 pm)
Lets work together so that no people have to go into crime because of poverty – hold hands together friends and we shall succeed
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 1:11 pm)
I agree Eva – how do we achieve this? How do we get people to work together?
(Em at July 28, 2016 1:29 pm)
hard work team work and friendship
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 1:52 pm)
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People think that theft is the only crime. So what about defilement? do rapist also do it because they have no money? I think our social set up and psychological set up especially from childhood makes this. I seriously disagree that it is poverty. drug dealers are the most rich people in the world. Assassins are made after playing with their psychological make up. etc. any challenger?
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Answered on July 28, 2016 1:25 pm
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People think that theft is the only crime. So what about defilement? do rapist also do it because because of they have no money? I think our social set and psychological set up especially from childhood makes this. I seriously disagree that it is poverty. drug dealers are the most rich people in the world. Assassins are made after playing with their psychological make up. any challenger?
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Answered on July 28, 2016 1:17 pm
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Posted by Uganda
Answered on July 28, 2016 11:22 am
Looks great friends
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I think it’s a shame that often the punishments given to those that are poor, for small crimes are often very hard compared to the punishments for rich people’s large crimes. People that are poor may be driven to crime through desperation. For the rich it is only through greed.
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Posted by Wills
Answered on July 28, 2016 11:18 am
BUt if you dont punish people wont they do bigger crimes?
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 11:48 am)
Of course if you don’t punish wrong doers,then they would not learn but the punishment should be appropriate and snould not be according to ones state. crime is crime irrespective of being poor or rich
(mpalampa(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:46 pm)
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If you are a good person you wont do crime even if there is much poverty in your life. Being good is a choice you make and so is being bad
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Posted by David (Kenya)
Answered on July 28, 2016 11:04 am
But aren’t there a lot of good people who are forced to do crime out of necessity? What if a mother’s children are starving and she has to steal food to keep them alive?
(K at July 28, 2016 11:12 am)
Does that not just pass the hunger on to the other family?
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 12:46 pm)
and now David whats your choice?
(mpalampa(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:49 pm)
Is there such a thing as ’good’ and ’bad’ crime when you have no other choice to feed/protect yourself or your family? Do we try to understand their intentions to determine whether they are fundamentally ’good’ or ’bad’ first?
(Em at July 28, 2016 1:09 pm)
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It’s difficult to say if it makes a person ‘more likely’ to do something. However I do think it comes under the circumstances of which a persons poverty occurs. For example a homeless person in the western world, is statistically there due to crime, whether that be drug or alcohol abuse and therefore they already have what is known as a ‘criminal career’, these can be hard to step off once started and the desperation of living on the streets after living a comfortable childhood *could* potentially lead someone to be more likely to commit a crime in order to give them a part of that comfort of money back. However if a person’s poverty comes with the circumstances they are born into, for example in third world countries, I do not believe it causes one to be ‘more likely’ to commit a crime. For instance a child born into a third world country is normally taught a trade, typically farming, to help out the family and therefore would more than likely be too busy fending for their family. Also they seem to have a sense of community with the people they live with, living in a small village who are all living in poverty is likely to reduce the amount of crimes against each other as they are all living in the same situations and are brought up in them, meaning they do not know of any other life and therefore do not have anything to compare their situation to. It’s very difficult to say whether a situation causes one to be ‘more likely’ to undertake crime or ‘bad behaviour’, however I feel like these situations may have an innate effect on a person’s mental processes which therefore *would* affect their actions in one way or another.
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Posted by Ryan
Answered on July 28, 2016 10:24 am
Do you think that rich countries are commiting crimes against poor countries by having such an unfair system and that they should pay for these crimes? How can we change things around and make the world fairer?
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 12:11 pm)
obviously, you don’t need to be told
(mpalampa(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:52 pm)
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I think that the goals are interlinked and that a positive change in any of them will in turn positively impact all the others. I do not believe we can have reduced inequalities (goal 10) without all the other goals coming into place also.
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Posted by Petra (South Africa)
Answered on July 28, 2016 9:50 am
So what can we do then Petra? Lets talk action
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 12:12 pm)
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I believe that inequality leads to crime, not poverty on its own. If there are gaps within society between the richest and the poorest this can push people towards crime through no fault of their own.
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Posted by Iona
Answered on July 28, 2016 9:30 am
So, should our main focus be on integrating communities – both the rich and poor – to help understand and support one another?
(Anonymous at July 28, 2016 11:35 am)
Yes, that would be a way to reduce crime. But really the key thing is reducing inequality in society as that will reduce crime and improve trust and social cohesion among people within a society.
(iona at August 3, 2016 4:47 pm)
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Yes – because our needs are not being met and so crime is one of the ways that you might use to meet your basic human needs such as food or shelter
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Posted by Pete (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:19 am
Do you think, then, in a society where basic necessities (which I know is subjective itself) are not provided, those committing crimes should be heavily punished?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 8:28 am)
I think that even if you punish them, nothing will work out unless you help them to solve their problems
(Sam (Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:19 am)
Sam, do you think that education is the best way to help reduce crime then? Education perhaps both on skills to use to support themselves, e.g. growing crops, and education to help people find jobs and reduce their poverty?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 11:36 am)
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No – because people are just getting on with their lives not commiting crimes. I think if people are poor but can survive then dont need to commit crime. Lots of rich people commit crime like fraud and corruption.
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Posted by Laurie (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:07 am
So do you think that in a society where some people can’t afford to eat, there’s more crime than in a well off one?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 8:30 am)
Maybe different crimes
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 11:51 am)
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Yes because if you are poor you cant afford toys so you might steal your friends toy
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Posted by Lisa (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:04 am
But you have people who are rich and steal less powerful people’s money… And what about things like murder? Does that happen more in poorer societies?
(Anonymous at July 28, 2016 8:32 am)
Even the rich people for example the ministers are stealing Government funds, therefore it’s not only poverty that makes people do crimes but even the rich people are involved in a number of theft scandals.
(Alfred Ugnda-salveinternatternatio at July 28, 2016 11:18 am)
So what can we do to change things friends?
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 11:57 am)
Work on integrating different communities/individuals in society, help educate people both in terms of practical skills to reduce poverty and also further education, try and reduce the inequality gap
(Anna, UK at July 28, 2016 12:11 pm)
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If you have a poor background you may feel like you have less to lose and therefore commit crime.
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Posted by Paul (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:03 am
I think some people commit crimes when they have loads of things to lose but are so powerful that they think they won’t get caught/can cheat the system.
(Anna at July 28, 2016 8:33 am)
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Poverty is linked to poor education and poor home life – and so children may not be taught right and wrong. So they are more likely to turn to crime.
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Posted by Katy (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:02 am
This is a lie – poverty doesnt make you bad parents – that is your choiuce
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 11:53 am)
Poverty definitely doesn’t make you bad parents! I think what Katy is suggesting is that sometimes, if a person is brought up badly (and this can be either if you’re rich or poor), then they might end up poor themselves
(K at July 28, 2016 12:25 pm)
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I think yes because if you are poor you might not have enough food or things to keep you warm so you would be tempted to steal which is a crime! This is a vicious cycle.
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Posted by Simon (UK)
Answered on July 28, 2016 8:00 am
Can we do anything to break this cycle?
(Eva (Kenya) at July 28, 2016 12:31 pm)
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Of course poverty is linked to crime. But that does not mean that all people living in poverty are criminals – merely that lack of money drives people to break the law – out of necessity, desperation or frustation. It is not the only reason – drug/alcohol use, access to weapons, gangs, effectiveness of the police etc. all play a role. My believe is that we can cut crime by tackling some of the problems for those living in poverty – better housing, more jobs, greater engagement and a more equal society will make crime less of an attraction/necessity. Naive? I don’t think so.
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Posted by Hazza
Answered on July 25, 2016 11:41 am
I agree, love the statement that poverty being linked to crime ’does not mean that all people living in poverty are criminals’. Also, are any people who commit crimes out of necessity true criminals?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 8:35 am)
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Most rich people made their money in a very unmoral way e.g. exploiting people via working hours and wages. They might have stayed within the law but certainly not inside my moral standards. Poor people who for example take food without paying are actually not committing a crime in ‘my world’, only in the eyes of some artificially put together law!! So yes poor people might commit more ‘crimes’ but I wouldn’t call it behaving badly.
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Posted by Heike
Answered on July 22, 2016 9:46 am
So should we change the laws then – is that the answer?
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 11:55 am)
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Yes is obvious that poor people are doing more crime and behaving badly. When your poor you feel like society dont care for you so you can steal, take drugs and hurt others. If the world dont care for you why should you care for the world?
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Posted by Joseph
Answered on July 21, 2016 4:31 pm
Dont you think we all have a responsibility to act in the best way we can to help others around us rather than to harm them?
(Nicola (UK) at July 28, 2016 12:33 pm)
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Yes I think poverty has an impact on behaviour – people living in poverty rarely get consulted about what should be criminalised
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Posted by Nicola (UK)
Answered on July 21, 2016 4:22 pm
thanks for this! Do you think if people living in poverty had more education on judiciary systems, crime levels would alter?
(Anonymous at July 21, 2016 4:25 pm)
I think in an ideal world, yes, crime levels might reduce. But if people are starving, education on a judiciary system isn’t going to stop them from taking food to survive
(K at July 28, 2016 8:56 am)
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Yes! Poverty can make u do crimes due to wanting to satisfy their needs.l how l wish every family could provide for itself to avoid habites like stealing ,feeling lssolated,and asif God has forgotten u in the world.let us work hand in hand to find a better stand for these children on the street n ones from poor sociaties.long live S.A.L.V.E lnternational.
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Posted by Helnito Ladin Nyachwo (Uganda)
Answered on July 21, 2016 4:21 pm
Thanks for your input – What do you think we could do to make sure that all families can provide for their children’s needs?
(Anonymous at July 21, 2016 4:26 pm)
So its the work of social workers to help people try to identify their problems. this is because so many people are problematic but they do not know that they suffer. To them, they think that its normal that way and so its the role of social workers to interviene
(Steve(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:07 pm)
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This all depends on where in the world a person is looking at the correlation between poverty and crime and what is deemed to be ‘poverty’. I think there is a correlation between crime, poverty and power. Some people in poverty commit crimes due to a necessity to survive, and this is where we might be able to say that some poor people are more likely to do crime. However, on the other end of the spectrum, we have people who are extremely wealthy and thus believe that their power enables them to commit very serious crimes – fraud, corruption, malpractice – that harm people more than smaller crimes might do. Look at politics, for example, where you have hundreds of politicians rigging votes, fighting each other to get to the top, hiding money in Swiss banks, avoiding tax and committing injustices toward minority people. There may be fewer wealthy people that commit crimes than those who are poor, but often their crimes are far more serious and immoral; things they think they can do because of their wealth.
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Posted by Anna
Answered on July 13, 2016 8:18 am
I think it is not poverty that drives to crime however lack of moral support, children not being brain washed, not taught which is dangerous and all this comes as a result of influence from their peers
(Solo(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 9:28 am)
I agree, but also think that often poverty can create these causes and vice versa
(Anna at July 14, 2016 1:27 pm)
It’s true that in many areas of the world where there are extremes of poverty versus power, crime is more prevalent as the broad divide between lower/upper classes creates a rift, struggle and inequality. Where there is a lot of power or money there is also a sense of entitlement- ’I can do as I please’ believing that the rules of society don’t apply; and this is the issue that when society is divided into struggle and strength it obviously enables a certain amount of lenience in crime. I don’t believe that we can divide these two sets of criminal activity ie theft versus tax evasion or that they can be put on the same par because each society has its own judgments against what is deemed grossly unacceptable and what is passed off as minor. That being said, wealth and power aren’t always related. I disagree that wealth leads to more significant crimes- what is classed as significant and what is not? A murder for example is very significant, it just doesn’t effect every member of society as various political decisions can do. Poverty can indeed lead to crime and likewise wealth and power however it is so dependent on the country/culture/society in which this takes places and the sanctions that follow these actions.
(Katya (Croatia/UK) at July 21, 2016 4:19 pm)
I agree that what is deemed a ’crime’ – similarly with what is deemed ’poverty’ – is subjective to different communities. I guess the question is also about a sense of morality: are some crimes deemed less moral than others if they’re done out of the need to survive?
(Anna (UK) at July 21, 2016 4:19 pm)
Platos ring of Ganges: ’theorises that any person would choose to do wrong if they had the power and could get away with it. So invisibility of your crime is what can feed people’s natural inclination to commit wrongs.’
(Katya (Croatia/UK) at July 21, 2016 4:19 pm)
I think this still relates back to what crimes we are talking about. Would anyone murder if they knew they could get away with it? No. Invisibility doesn’t cloak morality
(Anna at July 26, 2016 2:16 pm)
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Normally this comes with the high rates of unemployment
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Posted by Dream Child Uganda
Answered on July 12, 2016 11:26 am
Does unemployment lead to crime then?
(Dennis Uganda at July 28, 2016 12:54 pm)
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I think unfortunately it does; some people – often children – are so poor that they have to resort to crime in order to survive. I think we need to work with these children to tackle poverty at its source before they have to resort to crime or behaving badly.
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Posted by C
Answered on July 5, 2016 2:40 pm
How can we tackle poverty at the sourvce? What methods can we use? I believe we can make it!
(Jonny (Kenya) at July 8, 2016 12:58 pm)
Change people’s mind attitude through educating them they can not waiting to be provided
(Robert(Uganda) at July 12, 2016 9:39 am)
Poverty does not always make you commit crime but as you become idle it may lead you take drugs which will make you behave badly and do crimes
(Bashir(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:58 am)
Good Bashir but we should also limit ourselves from being too demanding because as you become poor you will want more things which will lead you to crimes
(Hassan(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:59 am)
Even if I was poor, I wouldn’t steal. Because if I stole a pencil from my friend so that I could write, how would my friend write? Then I would just be making someone else suffer instead of me.
(Samuel (Uganda) at July 17, 2016 8:45 am)
I think it is true but only if the victim is not spiritually nurtured because the bible says that life is richness
(Denis(Uganda) at July 20, 2016 8:07 pm)
Stealing is wrong but I think if you are truly desperate and there’s no other choice, like if you’re about to die, then take from someone who you know 100% can afford it. My opinion anyway
(Hannah (UK) at July 21, 2016 4:46 pm)
Stealing is wrong but I think if you are truly desperate and there’s no other choice, like if you’re about to die, then take from someone who you know 100% can afford it. My opinion anyway
(Hannah (UK) at July 28, 2016 9:29 am)
What if you cant find that person who you are sure can afford it? People at that lower end of the income spectrum – where they have to resort to stealing in order to live will be extremely indifferent as to who they steal from if it is a matter of life and death. However, I think in general the answer to the question is extremely dependent upon the situation of an individual. If you could take some money without nobody ever knowing/ no consequences – Im sure many people would seize that chance. This argument bodes well when you look at the fact that people from all walks of life commit crime and behave badly, whether it be a politician or a person from a low-income household.
(Henry at July 28, 2016 11:14 am)
Henry, I agree, but I don’t think people living in poverty will be completely indifferent as to whom they steal from. If it were a matter of life and death, I don’t think I would steal from a person who is as poor as I am. And does this change whether it’s moral? Is stealing from a rich person more moral than stealing from a poor person?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 11:41 am)
Me i would not buy that idea because its well situpulated in the bible that he who does not work shall not eat.there fore me i would not agree with you sir because two wrongs can not make a right
(steve(uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:56 am)
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Poverty has nothing to do with crime or bad character. It’s basically someone’s mindset. Are you looking at poverty as earning less than 10000= monthly? Anything you know about OPM & GAVI funds? How much were those Ministers & Officers earning? Is Corruption, Bribery Swindling & Embezzlement of Tax Payers’ money not regarded as crime? Are those officers really poor? Let’s relate Idleness & Drug use to Crime not Poverty! Most of us today love immediate gains & procrastination instead of planning 4 da future. This has left most of us in a begging position all year round. But if someone is given the knowledge & skill on how 2 exploit the available resources there won’t be poverty. Counselling is another medicine we would give 2 our clients 2 draw closer 2 God in order 2 curb down crime & bad behavior. May God bless u!
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Posted by Don Paul (Uganda)
Answered on July 4, 2016 4:30 pm
How can we tackle this corruption man? I think you have some good points – but lets turn it to action eh?
(Jonny (Kenya) at July 8, 2016 12:59 pm)
Expose all those officials mismanaging public funds
(Viola (Denmark) at July 14, 2016 8:48 am)
Poverty does not always lead to crime because crime leads to prison
(Faizo (Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:55 am)
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Answered on July 1, 2016 10:24 am
Of course its poverty that drives me its someone’s character the way he was brought in his or her family
(Faizo(Uganda) at July 12, 2016 9:42 am)
When you are poor you feel you want to go and steal because you do not have anything so it drives to commit crimes
(Davis(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:33 am)
Being poor does not always lead to crimes if you have good friends they will help you with food
(Hassan(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:34 am)
Its is always good to first understand yourself as a human being, if you are poor you should look at other aspects but not resort to crime, we should try to find well being in our self. Understanding what your own personal role models wants and beliefs and you can follow
(Robert(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:37 am)
Yes Robert can you have the belief in your role model when your poor??? because it may take you resource to get want he has
(Emma(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:39 am)
I guess the role models we are talking about are a gesture of what and how we want to lead our lives
(Edwine(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:42 am)
I think poverty does not influence crime however its our parents that influence crime and poverty to us because they are not giving us a sense of right direction
(Solomon(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:44 am)
Parents don not play a part in poverty, they have already provided for you as a child, it is then upto tou to provide for yourself using the knowledge and living examples from them
(Bashiri(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:46 am)
When a person is poor they are invisible, they are not appreciated or respected, as a result they may end up committing crimes for attention and so that they are seen by their communities and also some commit crime for the mercy of paying the authority for the crimes committed
(Charles(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:51 am)
Though you pay to the authorities… there is always a statement ” A poor person can not win a case in court”
(Daniel(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 8:53 am)
Poor people have no say because of their low standards
(Rose(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 9:05 am)
If you are poor you are despised you may commit crime because no one wants to hear from you
(Robert(Uganda) at July 14, 2016 9:07 am)
I think that yes, poverty does cause people to commit crime because if you are hungry and you have no money, you either have to steal money to buy food or steal food to survive.
(Mariam (Uganda) at July 17, 2016 8:39 am)
No, I wouldn’t steal however poor I was because I would be scared to go to prison.
(Sylvia (Uganda) at July 17, 2016 8:42 am)
Poverty can not make someone a criminal because it is a local myth
(Joseph(Uganda) at July 20, 2016 7:59 pm)
Poverty is a life experience in one’s life you either live with it or fight against it…
(Tiff(Uganda) at July 20, 2016 8:01 pm)
Yes i agree with Tiff because poverty can not drive you however it is a circumstance that everybody has the only trick behind is learning on how to control yourself
(Bogere(Uganda) at July 20, 2016 8:04 pm)
Yes, poor people always admire things on street and end up stealing…
(Joel(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:04 am)
So, Joel, do you think it’s because some people are rich and have nice things that poor people steal things? Do you think that if people had the same amount of money, there would be less crime?
(Anna at July 28, 2016 11:17 am)
No, because one will fear to commit a crime fearing charges against them.
(Emma(uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:19 am)
No, because committing crime is so so bad in our society . It’s a sign that one has no capacity to think and act accordingly to enable him or her get out of poverty other than indulging into criminal acts
(Yusufu(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:21 am)
No, poverty can not make one do crime because poor people fear being taken to police so they doing crime
(faizo(uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:25 am)
Not at all, commitment is very paramount in life. Poverty comes as a result of laziness and fear for work. One can work hard and get income, however small it would be and make ends meet.
(Timothy(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:29 am)
poverty can not one do crime because its discipline that determines peoples behaviors in society. this means that its not only poor people who do crime but also rich ones. therefore its discipline that is responsible for that
(kakaile(uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:32 am)
No, committing crime does not solve anything, instead it confuses u the more. The saying that ’patience pays’ has never been disapproved, bearing in mind that there is no permanent condition
(Gideon(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:37 am)
its peoples attitudes that make them do all what they do but not poverty because if it was poverty, then only poor people would be the only ones in prisons but we find all kinds of people there ie both rich and poor
(Steve(uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:43 am)
The formula of getting rid of poverty is as simple as this: hard work, mind your own business and self discipline. Committing crime is nowhere in my formula.
(Yusufu(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:44 am)
Whether someone is poor or not does not guarantee committing crime
(Sula(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:50 am)
Yes, when you are poor you lack a lot in life that brings about admiring others. This consequently compels someone to steal in order to bridge the gap between those who have and those who do not have ie the very poor and the very rich
(Gideon(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 11:57 am)
I partially agree and disagree with the debate, firstly one can earn a lot from committing crime say like stealing. On the other hand when you are arrested because of stealing things turn upside down; you may end up loosing all what you gathered in a lifetime
(Yusufu(Uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:05 pm)
yes, poverty can make one do crime because since poor people are despised in society, they try to defend them selves by either fighting or abusing the whole community in order to suit in it
(Steve(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:12 pm)
its patience that determines attitudes in all societies in that if one is not patient, then the chances are that he has to steal other peoples property
(pengo(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:16 pm)
Yusufu, although it would be great to say that people won’t commit crimes as long as they are hard working, mind their own business and have self discipline, I think this is idealistic. Many people end up on the streets, in prison or committing serious crimes because, despite having these formulas, life can be tough and works against them. I think people also need to be showed that they are loved and supported by others. That they have a network of people willing to help them
(Anna, UK at July 28, 2016 12:17 pm)
It simply depends on the form of poverty one is in possession of; is it material poverty or psychological poverty. As per my view the latter is more vulnerable to criminology and ill behaviors as opposed to the former. Poverty of mind deprives one of common sense that can be applied in order for one to eradicate poverty
(Godffrey (Uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:18 pm)
poverty can make one do crime because some people sacrifice their children in order to get riches and so this is misbehaving.Not only misbehaving, some people are imprisoned and others killed for that
(mpalampa(uganda) at July 28, 2016 12:28 pm)
Sacrificing a child never leads to riches – that is just superstition – no person with a good soul could kill their child
(sad at July 28, 2016 12:41 pm)
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, here on earth wisdom is very paramount.
(newton ndenga[Jinja Uganda] at July 28, 2016 12:45 pm)
Thank you Ann, UK. You know here in Uganda and more so in Jinja where i live things not work in the same way as in the UK I suppose. Being loved or not comes on our way by surprise, most of our survival greatly depend on our fitness, aggressiveness and a bit of discipline
(Yusufu[Jinja Uganda] at July 28, 2016 12:59 pm)
poor people because they no money, they are despised to the extent that they are given heavy duty which even the bosses cant do and so they ressort either to neglect work or second thought in that they steal all the available resources in order to enerich themselves
(mpalampa(uganda) at July 28, 2016 1:10 pm)
I completely agree, Yusufu, it’s not the same everywhere. But I think in all countries and communities, change needs to happen so that all societies and people within them work together to help one another. A little idealistic perhaps, but we have to start somewhere!
(Anna, UK at July 28, 2016 1:11 pm)
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