My opinion is crime has always been in existence as long as humans. Perhaps the nature, and theme of crimes have changed along the way. My sister works with teenagers who have lived a life in deplorable conditions, with a life of such abuse it's nauseating to think of, at a legal age when these kids are on their own, they are functional in a physical way to have a job, but emotionally they never developed the more positive emotions such as empathy. Sad to say but eventually a lot these children end up in jail after committing petty and serious crimes, and even more sad is the innocent victim of the serious crime. If you think of the number of children trafficked each year, which can be up to 300,000 each year in this country alone, that is a lot of damaged adults for the future, when you walk down a city street, the chances are, you have walked passed one of these kids or even one of those kids now grown to adulthood. Is does not excuse violence or provide them an excuse as violence of a serious nature should never be justified. There is also crime without reason which should just never happen, perpetrated by people from good homes also. I guess the avenue into crime has broadened and changed on many levels, and the media is a lot more accessible for us to be aware of it.