Regarding economic conditions, a person would think that the economy was becoming worse if the person or friends of the person were laid off due to downsizing. Also, people would think that the economy had become worse when people started to spend less. Media reporting about the economy, such as in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, also contributes to a person’s perception ofeconomic conditions.People think that an economic downturn would lead to an upswing in crime. If conditions became so desperate that they could not feed or house themselves or their families, they might become desperate and resort to stealing or other crime to survive. After his or her savings were all gone, one person might think about stealing, but he still doubts it.

Even if it is hard for a person to imagine himself/herself committing a crime, that person cannot say that he or she absolutely would not commit a crime to survive. If a person had to commit crimes to survive, he or she would do it.No one that we interviewed had any personal friends or acquaintances who have committed crimes for money. However, one person said that he has heard of many such cases in the news. Results for qualitative analysis Our content analysis of the interviews entails inductive analysis. According to the interviews which we conducted, people would think the economy was becoming worse if they or their friends were laid off due to downsizing.

Media reporting about the economy also contributes to a person’s perception of economic conditions. In other words, people would feel that the economy was becoming worse as a reaction to a rising unemployment rate or media reporting.Also, based on the interviews, even if people would never commit a crime in a normal situation, if they could not feed or house themselves or their families, they might become desperate and resort to stealing or other crime to survive. This suggests that the unemployment rate is one of the contributing factors of higher crime rates. Even though no one that we interviewed had any personal friends or acquaintances who have committed crimes for money, they believe that an economic downturn would lead to an upswing in crime. This is because people have heard of many such cases in the news.

And they cannot say that they absolutely would not commit a crime to survive.Therefore, we can conclude that unemployment rate or media reporting are important factors for people to feel the economy is becoming worse. And the unemployment rate is one of contributing factors of higher crime rates.

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Also, we conclude that people believe that an economic downturn would lead to an upswing in crime. We have collected the figure of Total Population and Unemployment from CIA Factbook Report (1999-2008) and Yearly Crime Reported figures from Pakistan Federal Bureau of Statistics Website.Based on simple liner regression analysis for unemployment rate and crime rate, there is a relationship between unemployment rate and crime rate at the national level, but it is not very strong. This model also shows that the crime rate goes up 5.828 when the unemployment rate goes up 1.0.

 However, since only 7.3% of the distribution can be explained by this model, and the residual analysis shows violation, We need to add other dependent factors such as population growth rate, personal income, personal savings, personal consumption expenditures and GDP to improve the modelConclusionsOne of our purposes for researching the relationship between specific societal economic conditions and crime rates is to help national government officials in deciding national police policies. From qualitative analysis, we conclude that the unemployment rate and media reporting are important factors for people to feel the economy is becoming worse. The unemployment rate is one of the contributing factors for a rising crime rate.

Also, we conclude that people believe that an economic downturn would lead to an upswing in crime.Based on simple liner regression analysis for unemployment rate and crime rate, there is a relationship between unemployment rate and crime rate. Crime rate goes up when unemployment rate goes up. Therefore, we can conclude that the crime rate increases as economic conditions worsen. Crime is a social concern and one of the biggest political issues in recent days.

We hope that the result of this research will be helpful in making new anti-crime policies that take economic conditions into consideration.