As a card-carrying criminologist I study the sociology of crime. Some claim that poverty causes crime. It may. But, others claim, also rightfully, that crime causes poverty. More cogently, in many instances, the criminal mind-set is the mentality of poverty: criminals are creatures of convenience and habit. At least, some of them are. (In a paper on criminological metatheory on my website here, I list the 30 or more theories that explain the 30 or more causes of 30 or more kinds of criminal actions.)
|Overfilled dumpster at my apartment complex.|
An empty dumpster was only 30 meters away.
|The distance is maybe 100 feet, 30 meters.|
Sociologists claim that when rich people commit crimes, it is because rich people are crooks; and when poor people commit crimes, it is because rich people are crooks. The easy claim is that crime among the poor is a response to their oppression. They retaliate against the ruling class by victimizing each other. At least, that is what I was taught in four years of university education in sociology, 2006-2010. Myself, as an advocate of laissez faire capitalism, and a defender of so-called robber barons, I can see the landlord as the seamy underbelly of property. Edison invented. The landlord only holds. And yet, the owners of this property invest a lot of money in maintenance. And it is too little appreciated by the poor criminals who live here.
|Maintenance worker picks up around the site.|
The complex is perhaps 30 years old. The property management firm owns a range of real estate investments in California, Texas, and other places. The shrubs are trimmed decoratively. When we moved in, my wife said, "We have real holly!" And, indeed, we do. But be that as it may ....
|Someone works pretty hard to do this.|
|Under the round bush in the foreground, |
a Modelo beer can
which someone made an effort to crush
but not to discard.
|BudLite can tossed on the ground, not in a dumpster.|