White collar crimes unlike many crimes usually go undetected. When we hear about white collar criminals, we think about people in suits not goons wearing masks like other criminals. Henderson (2000), states that some of the examples of white collar crimes include cybercrime, money laundering and forgery. Ignorance about white collar crimes makes it difficult to identify or detect. In most cases, white collar crimes are usually non-violent and victimless. When white collar crimes occur, the victims are blamed instead of the criminals (Henderson, 2000).
The justice system is lenient to white collar criminals and these crimes are treated lightly. Most people do not consider white collar crimes serious because they are not a threat to the public unlike crimes such as murder and rape (Henderson, 2000). Police are not prepared to handle white collar crimes because they lack information about these crimes. Law makers and the justice system are concerned with locking up violent criminals and murderers. Henderson (2000) continues to state that another reason why white collar criminals are not arrested is because there is no room in our jails to accommodate all criminals. Failure to arrest white collar criminals leads to increased number of white collar crimes in the world today (Henderson, 2000). The public continues to remain unaware of these crimes, hence making them susceptible day in day out.
Businesses lose billions of dollars every year to white collar crimes. Most white collar crimes go reported because the victims feel they will not get justice. Victims of white collar crimes face emotional and financial turmoil (Henderson, 2000). Lack of research in white collar crimes makes it difficult for law makers to make policies to arrest these culprits. The Federal Trade Commission has the power to enact laws to prevent white collar crimes as soon as they become aware of it. The Federal Trade Commission only operates within the United States. However, this commission does not work for other countries. The Federal Commission lacks finances and man power to identify, prevent and prosecute white collar crimes. White collar crimes are bigger than what we see and assume (McGurrin et al, 2013). Stringent measures should, therefore, be implemented to prevent these crimes from happening.
White collar jobs are difficult to identify because of their nature. The police force and other law enforcing agencies ignore the issue of white collar criminals because of the amount of loss involved (McGurrin et al, 2013). There are numerous strategies that can be implemented to reduce white collar criminals. A special unit should be set aside to deal with white collar criminals. McGurrin et al (2013) continue to argue that all white collar crimes should be collected and stored in one database for research purposes. The data base will contain valuable information such as current trends of white collar crimes (McGurrin et al, 2013). The trends alert the police about the areas prone to white collar crimes. The special crime unit should also follow up the case from the reporting stage to the last stage when the victim gets justice (McGurrin et al, 2013). Additionally, the police need to educate the public about white collar crimes and how to identify them early (McGurrin et al, 2013). Most young people are unaware of get rich quick schemes and fall prey to such activities. The media should disseminate information about white collar crimes and how to avoid being victims to white collar criminals.
Furthermore, internet activities should be tracked because most white collar crimes occur through the internet. Business owners and employers should use software to monitor websites and social media sites visited by your employees (McGurrin et al, 2013). Additionally, organizations should implement verification systems to prevent one person from having a lot of information to commit white collar crime. Law makers should make strict laws to arrest victims of white collar crimes (McGurrin et al, 2013). These laws should implement strict penalties and fines for law breakers. These measures will deter bad behavior.
- Henderson, L. (2000). Schemes, Scams, Frauds. Factors Which Allow the Problem to Continue.
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- McGurrin, D., Jarrell, M., Jahn, A., & Cochrane, B. (2013). White collar crime representation in the criminological literature revisited, 2001-2010. W. Criminology Rev., 14, 3.