Overpopulation and its effect on crime rates

As people compete, not only for housing but also for food, jobs, and

schooling, the more hostile their behavior becomes. Crime, and a lack of respect for

other people, becomes more common as the space around you is reduced (Coleman,1990;

Agnew,1992,1999). Violence is more prevalent in highly populated areas, as are other

forms of criminal behavior. A possible explanation is due to aggression and anxiety

brought on by an overpopulated environment.

Over the years, Sociologists and Criminologists have investigated fac



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