You should have reflected on each of the topics and theories we have discussed throughout the course and answered the question "What are the root causes of crime and what can be done to prevent or reduce crime in society?" The causes of crime are complex and multifaceted. Most people today accept that genetics, poverty, parental neglect, low self-esteem, alcohol and drug abuse are all connected in explaining why people commit crimes. Research has stated that it is more often an interaction between genes and the environment that predicts criminal behavior. Having a genetic predisposition for criminal behavior does not determine the actions of an individual, but if they are exposed to the right environment, then their chances are greater for engaging in criminal or anti-social behavior. A profiler might utilize the old cliché, “genetics loads the gun, personality aims it and the environment pulls the trigger.” Could it really be that simple? Some people are simply at greater risk of becoming offenders because of the circumstances into which they are born. Research can only hope to eliminate some factors from consideration and strengthen our confidence in the role played by other factors. Naturally, as research continues to be conducted, our picture of crime constantly changes. One common problem in popular discussions of crime is a tendency to confuse the search for causes with a search for blame. To say that child neglect increases the risk of delinquency or that alcohol abuse increases the risk of domestic violence is not to say that parents are to blame for delinquency or that alcohol abuse is to blame for domestic violence. The term “crime” is, itself, potentially misleading. It encompasses everything from non-payment of parking fines to rape, armed robbery or murder. Written communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message. Length of paper: 1500-2000 words APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to APA Style and Formatting(7th Edition)Links to an external site., (i.e., title page, abstract, reference page, double-spacing, appropriate citation formats, use of appropriate level of headings,recommended fonts: 11-point Calibri,11- point Arial,10-point Lucida Sans Unicode,12-point Times New Roman,11-point Georgia and10-point Computer Modern). Number of resources: Minimum of 2 resources, excluding your text. So this means you will have at least 3 resources. THIS IS COURSE BOOK. TO CONSULT THE CONTENT ( DO NOT USE IT FOR THE ESSAY) Larry J. Siegel (©2018). Criminology: Theories, Patterns and Typologies 13th Edition.