High Tech Offender

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The High Tech Offender

The high tech world of today breeds a high tech crime offender. The days of bank shoot outs with the cops are few and far between because criminals are weighing the risk vs the reward more than ever. Why should they risk jail or being killed over a few thousand bucks when it makes more sense to steal through means of the fraudulent bank or internet activities. Identity theft is a huge business for criminals who have learned the system and seek the benefits of a new type of theft. Using someone else’s identity to represent yourself over the internet or at a store has far less risk that the old ways or smash and grab. Technological expertise is something criminals are gaining more and more and at the expense of the everyday citizen. One theory that can relate to the high tech offender would be the lack of self-control theory. Gottfredson and Hirschi’s low self-control theory says children can develop their self-control levels at an early age, seven or eight. A low level of self-control can lead to a higher propensity to crime , hence stealing which is very popular amongst adolescents. (Wright, 2008). This is an I want it know result as when they see something in the store they would like to have. Criminals with low self-control often desire a need to fill a quick gratification. These are often impulsive and in the moment reactions. With the high tech offender it can get easy to learn to commit crime through means of les risk, there is a greater reward with less risk or putting themselves out there to get caught. Getting caught is a huge deterrence to criminals however with less self-control they feel a sense to do it anyway. Self-control begins at a young age with the parents teaching their children right from wrong and that you have to work hard to get the things you want. The harder you…...

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