Evaluation of Occurrence of Crime Rates in Kenya within the Years 2014-2020

  • John Ndikaru wa Teresia, PhD The Technical University of Kenya
Keywords: Cognitive, Victimization, Offender, Crime, Epidemic, Stigmatization, Functionalism, Criminal, Homicide
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Abstract

Controlling crime continues to be a big problem probably because crimes are on the increase and there is little probability for a drop in crime rates anytime in the near future. Kenya has shown a marked increase in the contemporary years in the occurrences of lawbreaking and violations. The rate is alarming and has attained an epidemic proportion in Kenya that everyone has gradually become not only concerned but also worried. It is evident in the empirical data, audio-visual electronic, newspapers, and print media which highlight criminal activities in numerous parts of the country, most of which are stated to have happened in big towns. United Nations surveys in Kenya have revealed that over half of the inhabitants worry about crime constantly. Roughly 75% feel unsafe while at home. Notwithstanding these continuous reports of criminal actions, the problem of crime continues, in effect escalates and fewer crimes are stated. Only up to 45% of urban crimes are normally informed. When crimes are not reported to the police, victims may not be able to get necessary services to cope with the persecution, offenders may go scot-free, and law implementation and community resources may be misdirected due to a lack of precise information about local crime complications. Accepting the characteristics of crimes unknown to police, victims who do not report crimes, and the reasons these crimes are not reported may help identify gaps in the provision of criminal justice services and inform police practice and policies. Common motivations for reporting a crime include punishing the offender a lesson and discouraging other offenders

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Published
17 August, 2021
How to Cite
wa Teresia, J. (2021). Evaluation of Occurrence of Crime Rates in Kenya within the Years 2014-2020. East African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 3(1), 172-185. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajis.3.1.387