Economic Effects of Crime in the U.S. Cause and Effect Essay by cee-cee

Economic Effects of Crime in the U.S.
This paper looks at the economic effects of criminal activity in the United States.
# 108725 | 769 words | 3 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the direct and indirect costs of criminal activity. The paper first explains that the direct economic impacts of criminal activity are those born by its victims, represented by the material value of stolen property, and the cost of repairing the physical
damage or destruction of property caused by the methods used to effectuate the crime. The paper then explains that the indirect economic impacts of criminal activity are those born by private
entities, necessary to prevent and insure against crime, as well as the those born by society collectively, to prevent and deter criminal activity, and to apprehend, prosecute, and incarcerate criminal perpetrators. Next, the paper takes a closer look at specific types of criminal activity and economic effects on society. The paper discusses that criminal enterprises and conduct vary substantially, ranging from low-level, "street" crimes against persons, primarily for the tangible property in their possession, to sophisticated, "white collar" crimes perpetrated against large corporations or even against entire industries.

Street Crime and Property Crime
White Collar Crime, Organized Crime, and Abuse of Public Assistance Programs
Computer Crime and Identity Theft

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ballezza, R. (2007) The Social Security Card Application Process: Identity and Credit Card Fraud Issues; FBI Law Enforcement Journal, Vol. 76 No. 5, May/07
  • Hendrie, E. (2006) Breaking the Bank; FBI Law Enforcement Journal, Vol. 75 No. 7, Jul/06
  • U.S. Department of Justice (2007) Uniform Crime Reports. Federal Bureau of Investigation Homepage. Accessed October 23, 2007, at:

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