ISLAMABAD: People who commit mugging, burglary, robbery, mobile snatching and other voracious street crimes are unfortunately young poor males. But this doesn’t mean that all the poor people are street criminals and young males indulge in violence. Rather, street crime can be associated with unemployment, illiteracy, lawlessness and greed.
In Pakistan, street crimes have drastically increased in the last few decades. In the past street crime was only related to Karachi but eventually it has now spread to all major metropolitan cities of Pakistan. Mobile snatching is one of the most common types of street crime that happens most often. Auto-mobile theft is the 2nd-most committed crime in the recent past. Over 700,000 crimes were reported all over Pakistan, which include murders, mobile snatching, automobile theft, kidnapping and abduction, robbery, burglary and petty thefts. These crimes are not only committed by professionals but a lot of the criminals are untrained and forced by circumstances or desires.
The major cause of street crime is illiteracy and unemployment. People need to be educated and made aware about how and why street crimes are committed. Secondly, showing off expensive automobiles, cellphones and jewellery ignites desires to obtain such items which ultimately forces people to take the shorter, easier and more sinister route.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2019.