Crime is an epidemic that is infecting today's global society. In the United States the subject of crime has risen to the forefront of social and political issues due to the recent elections. This problem of crime does not effect just the United States but it is a hot topic in many other nations of the world. Crime is not a problem that can be addressed by individuals, but by ruling governments. This paper will discuss the articles that show the methods the United States and foreign countries are dealing with the problem of crime.
The issue of crime is inextricably linked to the government. The government is the body responsible for creating laws. Also the government is obligated to enforce the laws it decides to create. The fact of having laws is not enough to help in the prevention of crime. The proper laws need to be written and should be enforced efficiently.
Dissimilar governments around the world find different solutions in reducing crime.
Enforcement of crime is a tremendous factor in reducing crime in nations around the world. In The Economist article 'New York's finest' the country of South Africa was facing a crime rate of 80% in 1995. This article goes on to talk about how the South African government invited New York City's former police chief, William Bratton, to consult on how to bring down the crime rate. Bratton suggested a police policy of 'zero tolerance', which is explained by 'If policemen make arrest for petty offenses, goes the logic, such as urinating on the street or drinking alcohol in public, it reinforces the idea the idea that no crime is tolerated; and this in turn, helps reduces more serious crime' (New York's). While in England The Times article 'Police given power to stop knife gangs'...