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Poverty and Crime

This section presents the latest information on poverty and the links with crime.

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The link between crime and poverty is difficult to establish with the statistics available. Using place based analysis, statistics can demonstrate that for some localities there are higher levels of deprivation and higher rates of crime. It establishes a link between place and where crimes occurred. This does not mean the perpetrators of crime are in poverty, or that poverty was the motivation for the crime.  It is very difficult to establish a statistical link between poverty and crime, and statistics are not available at the level to undertake that analysis.

In 2005, Roger Houchin, Glasgow Caledonian University, published a report Social Inclusion and Imprisonment in Scotland which undertakes analysis of the prisoner population home address to investigate the link between deprivation and crime.


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