Crime and Poverty of Belize.

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*What is Crime?

*Types of Crime

*Crime and its causes

-Poor home conditions

-Membership in gangs

-Drop-out students

-Drug and crime

*Crime in Belize

*Crime Prevention

*What is Poverty

*Causes of Poverty

*Poverty in Belize

*Ways of removing Poverty



What is the main cause of crime and its imperative relationship to poverty? Such a question at first may seem unanswerable because we could never pin point the exact cause of such worldwide problems. Crime and poverty have been around from time was time and there is no doubt that crime is on the increase not only in the world but also in Belize. During these past years, Belize has been infested with an outbreak of crime and violence and it appears to be at its peak. And the reason for this is many, for instance, the principal and most evident of them all would be the increasing rate of poverty that Belize has been experiencing owing to the vast opening in the midst of the poor and the rich that appears to be widening on a daily basis rather than closing up.

The poor people of Belize see no other means to endurance and to stay alive and feel that they must resort to their last alternative, stealing, the most commonest form of crime found in Belize. Adding to this would be the high rate of unemployment that exists in our society mainly brought about by lack of education. So again, the only way for the uneducated, unemployed, and poor people to outlive such a way of living is once again resorting to a world of crime.

Nevertheless, although there are many who see crime as a means of survival there are others who indulge in criminal acts for mere fun. For instance,