Factors affecting the increasing crime rate in the Bahamas When most tourists think of the Bahamas the picture of clean green pristine care free island paradise comes to mind as advertised and promoted around the world. Many of the tourists do not see the other side of the picture as shown on the brochure. The people of the Bahamas who live in the country everyday have to endure the other side of the brochure which is the increasing crime rate in the Bahamas.
The people of the these islands are known as some of the most peaceful and fun love people in the world this can even be traced back to the peace Lucayan Indians who once inhabited these islands a few centuries ago. Slowly over time the Bahamas had become plagued with crime and violence so much as it played a role in our history as in the days of the pirate and bootleggers. Crime eventually became a part of the Bahamian society until the former governor of the Bahamas Woodes Rodgers exiled all of the pirates and those who remain integrated themselves in to society.
Crime never was really totally dispelled form the Bahamas but it was under control but in recent years there has been a major increase in the crime rate in the Bahamas. Some factors which may be affecting this increase in the crime rate are dysfunctional household environment, a poor educational background and a negative cultural influence on the Bahamian society. A dysfunctional household may be one of the leading factors which may result in the leading increase in the rate of crime in the Bahamian society.
Every house hold is not perfect but in order to maintain a civil or peaceful society there must be some form of formal wholesome structure within a family house hold. In some cases the breakdown of these house hold may lead to deterioration in society which in turn may result to crime. Single parent homes provide a very difficult environment for children to grow up in. One parent takes on the duties and responsibilities of both which can put a huge amount of stress and pressure on any individual.
Stress from single parent homes can manifest into child abuse or neglect towards children and this may result in some children resorting to other methods to release build up frustration or relieve anger from abuse through committing crimes. Children who grow up in single parent homes are more likely to commit or turn to a life of crime. Crime in society may also increase because of young men not have a proper father figure in their lives.
If the male figure is present but he may be emitting negativity towards a child such as abuse, neglect, profuse drinking which could lead to a child being emotional scared resulting in them possibly committing crimes. A poor educational background may also be a leading cause of the increase in the crime rate in the Bahamas. Most people who tend to be productive citizens of society have had some sort of educational foundation weather it was moderate or high. Firm educational backgrounds help to build character, personality, responsibility and respect.
Individuals lacking a firm educational background may have an adverse affect in their lives. Some cases have shown that some individuals with very limited educational background could possible fall into a life of crime. A cause of this life of crime can be a result of peer pressure within the educational institute in which that individual attended. If an individual was brought up lower class educational institute this makes it easier for them to fall under the negative grips of peer pressure. Constant negative influence by others could result in continuous negative actions which could lead to a life a crime.
Finally an increase high the rate of crime in the Bahamas could be the result of a negative cultural influence from neighboring nations. The Bahamas for many years have tried to keep some form of its cultural identity through Bahamian plays, art and Junkanoo. Lately the younger generation has begun to disregard its culture and have accepted and glamorized other cultures more than their own namely the American and Jamaican cultures. This is probable because of the close proximity of the two nations to the Bahamas.
The younger generation of the Bahamians thinks that it is seen as popular to emulate other cultures without regarding the negative messages and affects they can have on our society such as increasing crime. The type of culture that a person adopts weather it is through music or film can affect the lifestyle of an individual either negatively or positively. Some aspects of the American and Jamaican culture glamorize gang violence, the demoralization of women, obtaining large sums of money quickly and killing other to prove dominance.
The fact that the Bahamas close to these countries and it has a melting pot of different nationalities can make adopting the culture easy. Listening and witnesses these acts on a daily basis without any form of guidance could be the cause of the recent increase in the Bahamas crime rate. Young men in this country want to live out these fantasies, impress their peers and also their spouses. To achieve this “macho man” status they go out and commit crimes to prove that they can get what they want when they please because it is glamorize by the cultures they fantasize about.