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THE INFLUENCE OF POVERTY ON CRIME

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to establish the significant relationship between poverty and crime in Owerri of Eastern Province of Nigeria. The objective of the study was to investigate the influence of poverty on crime amongst the residents of Owerri in Eastern Province. The research design for the study was survey research design in which 5 point likert scale questionnaire on poverty and crime was used study to collect data from the respondents. The sample for the study consisted of 124 persons (Male 90 and Female 34). Data collected was analyzed using chi-square statistical method. Results indicated that there was significant relationship between poverty (financial standing, employment, family structure, social support, level of education and poverty) and tendency to commit crime among the people of Owerri. The recommendation of the study is that improved systems of education and economic empowerment of the people should be enhanced by the government in order to reduce crime in the region among the 240,000 inhabitants of Owerri in Eastern Nigeria.




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