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By JOE MAILLET 2,537 views

How Financial Issues are Connected to Criminal Behavior

Criminal behavior, such as theft, homicides, and robbery incidents, heightens in different countries across the globe, and this happens when citizens start feeling the adverse effects of financial stress. 

Notably, there were several cases of criminal behavior reported during the financial crisis of 2008-2009. It is easy to establish a connection between crime and economic factors in countries experiencing economic disturbance. 

In as much as there is no consistent relationship between specific criminal behavior and certain financial issues, crime is linked to the prevailing economic climate. Financial stress can increase your chances of engaging in crime and, in the future, bring the need to seek the services of a warrant lawyer. The attorney understands warrant law better and will help you navigate through the issue.

Financial issues are connected to criminal behavior in the following ways.

Criminal Opportunity Theory

This theory suggests that community financial deprivation has two effects on property crime, which are disorganization and the urge to commit a crime. 

Also, it reduces the opportunities to take part in crime by minimizing the supply of targeted areas. In this regard, you are likely to take part in criminal behavior when you are struggling financially. On the contrary, in as much as you are financially deprived, the probability of engaging in crime reduces if there are few target areas for committing crimes, especially theft. 

Improvements in Technology in Financial Institutions

Dealing with financial crime is a daunting task for most financial institutions. This is because the process consumes significant amounts of the time and resources of the entities. Bad actors are exploiting the systems for illicit money flows from criminal behavior. Improvement in technology implies that money can be moved around faster, thereby making crime relating to finances more sophisticated.

The bad actors in the illicit money business have adopted sophisticated mechanisms to hide their deeds. One of these is the creation of several accounts that appear unrelated and beats the algorithm of the automated Customer Knowledge Centers. Besides, the creation of different client profiles helps to hide true identities because of the use of different personal information. 

When you engage in such risky activities, and your warrant of arrest has been issued, you can engage a warrant lawyer to help you understand how to go about the ordeal.

Online Security Loopholes

With the rapid transformation of technology in different sectors across the world, security challenges continue to dominate aspects of electronic banking. If malware hits the system, it disrupts the entire process leading to chaos in the system. The attacks could result from very small security loopholes or user carelessness. The existence of security loopholes and the desire to become rich quickly increases the probability of taking part in criminal activities.


While crime exists in both urban and rural areas, you are likely to engage in crime if you reside in an area with high poverty levels. Understanding how poverty relates to crime can significantly help in coming up with ways to reduce the two. This will also help in determining if finances and resources should be distributed to other localities.

When you are poor, you may have perceived inferiority that would make you count on low access to quality services. This decreases the opportunity cost of crime and increases your chances of spending time on the streets hanging out with gangs and other criminal entities.

Criminal behavior provides an avenue through which you can obtain material goods that you cannot acquire legitimately. The use of force or threats can help you acquire more, which serves as a motivation to engage in violent acts such as robbery. 

If you are poor, the reward from crime outbalances associated risks. Therefore, poverty increases engagement in criminal activities.

Joe Maillet

Joe Maillet is an avid reader and a writer by heart. He is an author, freelance writer and a contributor writer, who write articles and blogs for various leading online media publications and for CEO and entrepreneurs from across the world. He keeps himself updated with the latest marketing trends and always recognized in the industry for providing solutions to B2B and B2C businesses.