According to city-data.com the crime rates in Passaic, NJ are much higher compared to those cities that surround it. Theses cities include Wallington, Hasbrouck Heights, and East Rutherford. Data shown in city-data.com shows that the city of Passaic has more than double the crime rate than Wallington, Hasbrouck Heights and East Rutherford. But why? I believe that the reason crime rates are higher in Passaic than in the cities I mentioned above is because of the environment. The social disorganization theory states that the reason crime is committed is because of the environment a criminal is in. To find out if this is true I would have to do surveys and interviews in the city of Passaic.
Passaic is a city that is filled with minorities, drugs, gangs, and poverty. I know this because I live in Passaic. I have witness drugs being sold and homeless people asking for money. Fights happen all over the city. Gun shootings between two opposing gangs happen at random anywhere. Poverty is seen all over the city. Divorce rates are high. Most importantly though is the fact that minorities rule the population this makes for many disorganized communities This is why i believe crimes rates in Passaic are higher in Passaic than those in other cities.
Let's take Wallington as an example. In Passaic there is a bridge that separates Passaic from Wallignton. Once you cross that bridge the difference is very noticeable. The houses are nicer, the roads are fixed, there are no homeless people on the pavements, the streets are quieter and there are much more less minorities. Passaic is the complete opposite and so are the crime rates. According to city-data.com Passaic has more than double the crime rates than Wallignton. This data supports the social disorganization theory.
In order for me to show that crimes rates are high in Passaic because of the environment I would have to do surveys and interviews in Passaic and in Wallington. The way I would go about doing this is quite simple. Create surveys to give to residents of Passaic and do random interviews. I would speak to a professor at my local community college so he can help me get volunteers for this research. The surveys and interviews would consist of questions that ask why is crime rates so high in Passaic and lower in Wallington.
I believe the answers to these surveys and interviews would really show that the social disorganization theory could be applied to my question of why crime rates are so...