Impact of White-Collar Crime
White-collar crime differs from street crime in many ways. One of these differences concerns victims. (Keep in mind that the victim of a white-collar crime can be a person, a business, or even the general community). By understanding the characteristics of the victims, we can better understand how white-collar crime is committed and how we can defend against it.
For this assignment, prepare a 4- to 5-page report in Microsoft Word that examines the victims of white-collar crime. Your report should cover these points:
- Discuss the impact of white-collar and economic crime on individuals, businesses, and the community in general.
- Explain why it is so difficult to measure the extent of white-collar crime. (One reason is that many white-collar crimes go unreported–discuss why this is so).
- Describe the kinds of economic crimes that affect the whole country. Give an example and show how it affects everyone.
- Often, a crime victim does something to make the crime easier to commit. This is known as “victim facilitation.” For example, someone who leaves a purse on the seat of the car while she goes into the store is making it easier for a thief to steal her purse. In what ways might victims of white-collar crime be facilitating the crime? (Consider individual victims as well as businesses.)
- Are there certain groups of people who are more likely than others to become victims of some of these crimes?
- Describe some ways that citizens can help protect themselves against white-collar crime.
Support your responses with examples.