alexa Aetiology of Minor Crimes - Are Individuals Committing Minor Crimes Influenced more by Environmental Factors or Genetic Traits?
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Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

Aetiology of Minor Crimes - Are Individuals Committing Minor Crimes Influenced more by Environmental Factors or Genetic Traits?

Abhishek Gupta1*, Laura Harvey-Vallender1, J. P. Singh2 and Jiwan Garg3

1School of Applied Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, UK

2Superintendent of Nabha Jail, Nabha, India

3Senior Superintendent of Patiala Central Jail, Patiala, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Abhishek Gupta
School of Applied Sciences
University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street
Wolverhampton, UK
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Received date: April 22, 2011; Accepted date: May 16, 2011; Published date: May 18, 2011

Citation: Gupta A, Harvey-Vallender L, Singh JP, Garg J (2011) Aetiology of Minor Crimes - Are Individuals Committing Minor Crimes Influenced more by Environmental Factors or Genetic Traits? J Forensic Res 2:127. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000127

Copyright: © 2011 Gupta A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The present work describes empirical underpinning of the contribution of genes and environmental factors in minor (petty) crimes such as theft, pick pocketing, shop lifting, mugging, fraud, embezzlement, bootlegging etc. This work considers the factors that influence motivation to commit petty crime. Fifty subjects of varied ages were interviewed determining the external influences that they were subject to and whether members of their immediate family had committed crimes similar or otherwise. Results suggest that environmental factors have more influence on participants displaying anti-social behaviour (non-serious, misdemeanour crimes) or committing minor crimes than genetic predisposition. In this article petty crime committed within varied age groups and the possible aetiology of reported crimes has also been investigated.


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