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Variables associated with criminality in Bangladesh

Surveys, in which people are asked about their own criminal activities particularly those of young people, indicate that the prevalence of criminality (i.e., the number of people committing crimes) is far higher than many people assume. It could even be suggested that petty crime, rather than being an aberration, is actually a normative activity amongst certain groups in the population. However, notwithstanding the fact that most people will break the law at some point in their lives, a minority of people commits the majority of offences and certain groups are over-represented in the offender population. Research into social and familial correlates of crime can help lead to an understanding of why certain individuals are more likely than others to become criminals. Some of the variables associated with criminality are socio-economic status, age and gender.