The most common crime in the world is theft. Millions of thefts are reported every year, but theft is only one of extremely many crimes. There are very many different ways of being a criminal.
However, why do some people become criminals? First, we need to know what a criminal is.
The easy definition is someone who breaks the law. More than ten million people over the whole world are imprisoned (Wamsley, 2015). Although the real, exact number of criminals is impossible to find. Many criminals are not caught, and big amounts of crimes are not even reported to the police.
Children who grow up in families filled with crime, violence, and substance abuse are often more likely to end up like criminals themselves.
These children have worse starting points than kids who grow up in normal families.
They also often have fewer opportunities, which makes it harder to get out of criminality. It is hard to make good decisions when you have been told your whole life that crime is okay. Children who are exposed to violence, sexual abuse from their parents or other adults has a higher risk of doing crime themselves.