Choice Theory

The choice theory proposes that the offender will commit the crime if they perceive that crime pays more than they could earn at an actual job. Offenders weigh out the personal factors like money and thrill and the situational factors like police and the risk of the target. For example a criminal will steal parts and sell them or steal a vehicle and resell it. In most cases stealing cars and car parts you will earn more money than at a legitimate job. Criminals also keep in mind if the crime is reasonable or not as auto theft is very selective. For example, most parts are stripped from Volkswagen’s, Buick’s are used for joy rides and Mercedes are kept and sold.


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