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    Routine activity theory of crime

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    Explain why some adolescents are motivated to commit crimes while others in similar circumstances are not. Support you explanation by applying at least 2 of the following theories of delinquency;

    Routine Activities Theory
    General Deterrence Theory
    Specific Deterrence Theory
    Biochemical Theory
    Neurological Theory
    Genetic Theory
    Psychodynamic Theory
    Behavioral Theory
    Cognitive Theory

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    1. In 500-750 words explain why some adolescents are motivated to commit crimes while others in similar circumstances are not.

    Routine activity theory of crime

    Felson and Cohen (1998) proposed a theory of crime referred to routine activity theory. The theory argues that crime is normal and depends on the opportunities available. The greater the opportunity and the greater the reward, the more likely the crime will be committed. Specifically, three things are believed to be present: there are suitable targets (expensive jewelry or car; easily transportable goods), absence of capable guardians (police officers, alarm system, homeowners and motivated offender (teenage boy, unemployed, and addict population), then a crime will be committed. Based on this theory then, in the absence of capable guardians and a suitable target, there is an opportunity to commit a crime. However, two adolescents may look and assess the situation ...

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    Routine activity theory of crime is clearly explored in this case. References are also provided to justify the assertions.

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