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Why Don’t People Report Crimes to the Police?

The leading reason people don’t report crimes to the police is that they are either afraid, ashamed, or handle the matter in another way, such as report the incident to an official outside the police department.

According to a 2012 study conducted by the U.S. Justice Department, the study analyzed the reasons that roughly 52 percent of crimes were not reported to the police from 2006 to 2010.

CRIMES DON’T SEEM WORTHY OF REPORTING

Eighteen percent of people who don’t report crimes told the Justice Department they didn’t consider the crimes important enough to take to the police. This is especially true in cases of household thefts, where the value of the stolen goods can be small and/or covered by insurance. In comparison, very few car thefts go unreported.

PEOPLE DON’T TRUST THE PROCESS

A substantial number of people believe the police can’t or won’t help them. Sixteen percent of people in the Justice Department survey said the police are unwilling or unable to help. This is even more prevalent among residents in big cities, where mistrust of the police tends to be higher than in suburban or rural communities. Deanna Wilkinson, Ohio State assistant professor of human science, told The Columbus Dispatch that urban crime victims often don’t trust the motives or the effectiveness of the local police or don’t want to be drawn into an investigation that might involve testifying in court, missing time at work or other personal inconveniences.

FEAR MOTIVATES MANY VICTIMS’ SILENCE

Reporting a crime can be scary. Thirteen percent of those in the Justice Department study who failed to report crimes cited potential reprisals as the main factor for their silence. This group includes victims who knew the perpetrators and sought to protect them from police. Victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence often don’t report these crimes to the police out of fear of reprisals, fear that the justice system will treat mistreat them, or to protect a spouse or significant other who abused them.

SHAMEShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. IS OFTEN TO BLAMEBlame Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action. IN SUCH CASES

As a 2007 National Institute of Justice survey discovered, the percentage of crimes reported to the police are particularly low on college campuses in cases of rape and sexual assault. The statistics, cited in a 2014 Time magazine article, found that only 15 percent of such crimes were reported to police. This generally aligns with the 2012 Justice Department report, which found 67 percent of rape and sexual assault victims of any age avoided contacting the police. Many victims wanted to maintain their anonymity to protect their privacy or cited embarrassment or shame as reasons to keep quiet. Many victims were uncertain whether the legal definition covered their situation and many doubted the police would believe their story.

VICTIMS REPORT TO OTHER AUTHORITIES

The Justice Department study found that the leading reasons people cite for not reporting crimes to the police stemmed from a decision to handle the problem themselves or report the incident to other officials, such as a school official, guard or someone else outside the police department. This was particularly true in cases of crimes at schools, where a whopping 76 percent of crimes weren’t reported to the police.

SCAMScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. VICTIMS

In the case of SCAM victims the number of victims that DO NOT report the crime is above 90%

Is it any wonder that law enforcement has not prioritized scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. before now?

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

  • SCAMMERS are liars – unless you live in Africa, you have nothing to fear from scammers. They only want to make money!
  • BLACKMAIL – Scammers are? Liars! Remember that! They don’t have time to waste on someone that will not pay. They will threaten, but it’s empty talk.
  • VIOLENCE – same thing, Scammers are liars and will use threats to get what they want. They DO NOT have vast networks of people around the globe – the risk is simply too high. They hide in Africa.
  • SOCIAL STIGMA – Well it is embarrassing that you gave away so much money, but you were manipulated, Now become an adult and do the right thing! You must report the crime to the police and Anyscam.com (so the rest of the world is informed), but you don’t have to share it with family and friends (unless you drew them into it).
  • IRRESPONSIBLE – if you do not report the crime, you are doing exactly what the scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. wants you to do! You are personally letting them get away with it, and victimize someone else – don’t put that on your conscience too.
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