Personal Criminological Theory

Criminological theories are designed and studied for law enforcement agencies to fight crime. These theories are based on different ideas of why crime is committed and why it is committed in certain areas. There are many criminological theories. Some of these are rational choice theory, social disorganization theory, strain theory, social learning theory, social control theory, labeling theory, and biology, genetics, and evolution theories (Williams, III & McShane, 2008). There have been so many theories developed over the years to explain criminal behavior. These theories are constantly studied to try to reduce the levels of some crimes.
The question regarding why crime is committed and how to keep crime a level low is an ongoing challenge for law enforcement agencies. Some of these theories can be seen as excuses for committing a crime. If someone were to try to rationalize why someone would commit a crime I would think that it would be economic reasons and labeling. The economy is so bad today, jobs are scarce and some do not pay enough to survive. People today are doing good to try and survive and at times there just is not enough money to do that. Sometimes people will do whatever they must do to support themselves and their family. Theft is one of the main crimes that is the reaction to a bad economy. Neighborhoods that at one time that were thriving are turning into slum areas. To survive people feel as if they need to turn to crime.
Businesses are closing their doors every day and people are suffering for it. Unemployment will go only so far. People will revert to public assistance after the unemployment runs out but that can be stretched only so far. People will turn to crime to feed their families, pay their rent and to keep their utilities turned on. Living in a neighborhood watching the drug dealers make more money in a day than they see in a month since they have been out of work or even when they were working, will play on a person’s mentality....