Generally, people suspect most crime to be a characteristic of large, older central cities. In fact, both incidence and arrest statistics have supported such historical generalizations. Recent trends, however, suggest changes in the traditional wisdom. Crime no longer may be viewed as the special province of the country’s largest cities. Current empirical research indicates overall crime rates are increasing at faster rates in suburban and rural areas than in the older core cities. One feature of crime has remained constant: disproportionate involvement of the nation’s youth in nearly all facets of property based criminal activities, rural and urban. Although there is extensive adult involvement in vandalism, theft, burglary, and assault, these crimes are also conducive to juvenile participation.
South Dakota State University
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