Originally Posted by Rich_Girl
And why do you think it's more of a problem in urban areas versus rural? They both are struggling. What seems to set them apart?
Completely different environments. Cities simply tend to have more crime anyways because of crowding so many people into so little space and making everyone rely on jobs and steady income to survive, which simply doesn't work out for a large percentage of the population. As I've said in other threads, it's simply not natural for humans to live that way. It leads to problems. Also, some other possibilities: in rural areas it's more possible to get along without much money. More chances to garden, hunt, use wood heat, etc., and around here bartering is a big thing particularly in rural areas (for example, someone might be willing to work under the table for a farmer or small scale logger or syrup maker or someone else for apples/meat/maple syrup/wood/whatever else might be desired, so the employer saves the hassle of paperwork/wages and the worker gets what they need, or people might simply trade things, portions of the meat when livestock is butchered for feed or help earlier in the year, as examples) whereas in cities a person must
have money to buy all of their food/heat/etc., with few exceptions, and so, people would of course be more tempted to steal to get the money to survive since other opportunities to get such stuff do not exist. Cities I think also tend to breed laziness to a degree, as people are much more focused on comforts/luxuries/etc., so why not get something for nothing is an attitude I've seen at times.
Now these are of course generalisations and there are many exceptions to any rule, but rural areas have generally always been poorer and yet have generally also had lower crime rates (until the city dwellers move in and turn things into a surburb/city within a few years, bringing their problems and city attitudes with them, but that's another story). Also one other thought, rural areas tend to have better armed people. Around here, if you break into some rural home you're at a real risk of being shot with a shotgun or rifle, whereas in cities less people are armed, although, in most of this state (excluding Burlington) that's not quite as true as it may be in states and cities like NY and NYC, because of the level of freedom when it comes to guns and the popularity of hunting. Nonetheless, it's reality in many areas. Being a criminal can be more dangerous in rural areas, and strangers stand out like a sore thumb...