Crime In Society Lack Of Parental Control Is The Cause Of Increasing Crimes - Criminologist

Prof Ken Attafuah says the failure of families and societies is the cause of increasing crimes among the youth in Ghana.

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Criminologist Professor Ken Attafuah has attributed the lack of parental control as the cause of increasing crimes among the youth in Ghana.

He said the failure of families and the society to create a congenial environment for people to flourish accounts for the increasing crime in the country.

According to him, “children step out of the doorstep of the home, they come into to contact of the larger society; the influences of peers at school and in the neighbourhood and in the community at large; they come into contact with the adult community with all its challenges, peculiarities and of course lures and attractions; and children who are adequately prepared by parents to appreciate what they may encounter out there have a better opportunity to resist pornography, prostitution, the lures, the attractions and of course, the deception.

Speaking on Joy FM's Super Morning show on Tuesday, he said with no proper or effective control at home, children picked up bad habits like stealing, drug abuse, and alcoholism and later grew to become hardened criminals like armed robbers, fraudsters and prostitutes, among others.

These, according to him, made children very vulnerable and most of them got into bad companies which impacted negatively on their growth and development.

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