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02/08/2010 02:36 PM ID: 82814 Permalink   

Study: Violent Crime Not Linked to Poverty


A study done by the South African Institute of Race Relations(SAIRR) has found that high levels of violent crime are not linked to poverty levels.

The Eastern Cape municipalities, with a murder rate of 54 murders per 100,000, the highest in the country, had a poverty rate of 62%. Limpopo municipalities had the lowest murder rate, but also had a poverty rate of 62%.

The Western Cape also had a high murder rate, but a low poverty rate of 27%. The study assessed 80 indicators such as demographics, education, employment, housing, access to basic services, transport, social security, health, and crime.

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a useful study.
  by: svdw     02/08/2010 02:41 PM     
Actually, President George W. Bush has already informed everyone about this truth. As he so eloquently put it:

“First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren´t necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn´t mean you´re willing to kill.”
  by: Ben_Reilly     02/08/2010 04:14 PM     
  Why is SAIRR doing this study?  
What factors are correlated with crime?

Those are a few questions I would like to be answered.
  by: lockon   02/08/2010 05:46 PM     
So is that one of the smarter things he said?
  by: nimira     02/08/2010 06:23 PM     
No -- not unless there was some widespread stereotype that poor people are all murderers that I´ve never heard of ...
  by: Ben_Reilly     02/08/2010 06:39 PM     
  @ Ben_Reilly  
You´ve.. never heard of that? It´s one of the oldest stereotypes out there, that poor people are uncivilized rapists and murderers and thieves.
  by: velger   02/08/2010 10:30 PM     
This might be true when poverty rates are > 60%. Frankly, at that point I think the definition of poverty might be a bit useless. The usual stereotype has more to do with disparity of wealth (relative) rather than absolute wealth. Subsistence farmers don´t have a whole lot to gain from committing violent crimes against a subsistence farming neighbor, but that changes if the neighbor is a wealthy foreigner.
  by: bane39   02/08/2010 11:34 PM     
you´re onto something there. It´s when you have poor right next to middle class or rich that you have a problem, it fuels resentments and presents opportunities.
  by: gryphon50a   02/09/2010 04:13 AM     
I´ve heard that there is more violent crime in poor areas, just like everyone has, but I´ve never heard anyone accuse the poor of being murderers.
  by: Ben_Reilly     02/09/2010 04:41 AM     
  I think  
part of the problem is that its not nessecarily violent crime that happens as a result of poverty; murder is pointless. Its crime in general. I bet theft and vandalism is much higher. I don´t see why murder would be though. Thats usually cos of retarded passion or alcohol or vengeance and other petty things shared by everyone, rich and poor.
  by: jonnysodoff   02/09/2010 05:18 AM     
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