A crime is an offence that merits community condemnation and punishment, usually by way of fine or imprisonment. This is different from a civil wrong (a tort), which is an action against an individual that requires compensation.
A crime is an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government; especially a gross violation of law. It is also a grave offense especially against morality. It is something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful.
Crime constitutes a major threat to the national security and stability of African countries. For some time now, the threat posed by different kinds of crime has been recognized by the international community, which has instituted varying degree of measures designed to make crime unattractive. Despite these measures, crime is still unabated especially
among the youths.
An economic crime is an act of sabotage that affects the economy of a state or nation. For example, pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering, tax evasion, etc.
A financial crime is an act that involves the illegal use of cash or financial instruments such as cheques, drafts, money orders, etc. For example, bank fraud, issuance of dud cheques, etc.
ADVANCE FEE FRAUD
Advance Fee Fraud is a kind of scam in which a fraudster, through false pretense /deceitful information hoodwinks a person to make some upfront payment on a proposed business deal, romance, marriage, contract, etc.
Cyber Crime is the use of a computer or other electronic device to perpetrate criminal acts. Cyber cafes have to register with the EFCC so that the commission can monitor their operations and enforce operating standards that eliminate internet crimes.
Substance Abuse also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder. Commonly abused drugs include alcohol, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, tranquilizers, steroids, tobacco e.t.c.
Terrorism is an act of violence and/or threats to intimidate another, to attain goals that are political, ideological or religious in nature.
Practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. Prostitution is sometimes described as commercial sex or hooking
HOW TO SHUN CRIME
AVOID BAD INFLUENCE
Peer pressure seems to be the most significant factor in crime involvement. There is therefore the need to be wary of the kind of company one keeps. As soon as it is discovered that such group in tending towards vice, a student should keep away from associating with it.
“IF YOU CAN’T DO THE TIME, DON’T DO THE CRIME”
The Nigerian Prison Service has this as a caution statement to all intending criminals. There is no doubt that when one considers the grievous consequences of delinquency, anti-social activities, vices or crimes; one tends to have a rethink and take action to retrace his steps.
ENGAGE IN USEFUL ACTIVITIES
An idle hand is the devil’s workshop. An idle mind makes the heart a fertile
land for nefarious activities. Therefore, students are to fully engage
themselves in productive activities, especially as it concerns academics. This
is more likely to take their minds off anti-social behaviors.
FOCUS ON LIFE GOALS
Hardly would anyone set a self-destructive goal for himself. Thus when one is focused on set goals of life, he is unlikely to engage in vices.
BE CAUTIOUS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
There is no doubt that social media provides a veritable platform for connecting with people of varying culture and learning. At the same time, it is a sure breeding ground for many crimes recorded in recent times. It is not advisable to advertise one’s wealth, learning and most especially, movements on social media. Rather, it is better to keep a low profile on social media. In a bid to outdo one another, youths often upload many
pictures of themselves which put them in danger.
One should be very assertive and intelligently negotiate his way out of peer pressure. In another instance, where one is a victim, one should note that attackers (initiators) usually judge their victims based on their reactions to advances.
BE ALERT AND CONFIDENT
When walking the streets alone, in the dark or isolated places, it is preferable to walk briskly and confidently while at the same time remaining vigilant of possible attacks especially in crime prone areas.
AVOID CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH STRANGERS
In a world that is rife with crimes, it is better to avoid or at least, be very cautious of closing up with strangers whose intention for seeking ‘good’ relationship may not be immediately known. Should one be accosted by a stranger for direction or other assistance, that should be done as simple as possible without necessarily going the extra mile, unless inevitable. Even then, it is better to call in another person in order to avoid being alone in company of an unknown figure.
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