INVESTIGATING CRIME IN URBAN CENTERS (A CASE STUDY OF ABEOKUTA SOUTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OGUN STATE)
Keywords:Urban crime, demography, poverty, security, environments, behaviour
Crime and violence are viewed as roadblocks to development, especially in urban areas. Due to socioeconomic inequality and marginalisation, crime and violence rates are higher in urban areas. Finding the variables influencing crime in the Abeokuta South local government area was the aim of this study. The kind and quantity of crime in the area, the kinds of conduct that young people view as criminal, the features of slums that incite criminal activity, and whether or not there are discernible disparities in crime based on social class and educational attainment were all taken into account. This study employed a descriptive research design. Residents of the Abeokuta South local government area who were at least eighteen years old made up the target demographic. The municipal authority established wards and used a multistage cluster sampling method. There are 15 wards in the Abeokuta South local government area. Eight areas were selected as the sampling size when wards were used as the sampling units. Two areas from each ward were randomly selected as the sampling clusters. The descriptive technique was also used to analyze and present statistical and quantitative data. The survey found that pickpocketing and robberies were the two most frequent crimes in the Abeokuta South local government area. According to the study, fewer criminal acts would occur if there were more police officers and they had access to patrol cars. To combat unemployment and inactivity, the government ought to support youth in pursuing higher education.