'The Dark Figure Of Crime' By Umeh Jamiath, The Sydney Russell School

How would you define crime? According to Google, a crime is defined as an action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law and deviance, a state of diverging from usual or accepted standards, especially in social or sexual behaviour. However, I believe that a crime cannot be accurately defined because it is socially constructed. This means that people in society have different opinions on what a crime actually is for example in Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because it may get lonely. Also, Singapore does not allow you to smoke in public at all whilst some countries regulate where you can smoke and in the USA, smoking is regulated by both federal, state and local laws.

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