What are the common motivations behind theft?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2019 | Theft Crimes |

Theft is not a minor crime. It might be easy to think that theft, especially from major corporations, is victimless. Despite the consequences, people still choose to steal for a variety of reasons. There are lot of different reasons a person might feel compelled to steal. Here is what you need to know about the major reasons for theft.

Psychology Today explains how people may steal regardless of whether they could afford the product, whether they need the product and whether they already own it. For these people, they may have a psychological disorder attached to stealing. Stealing may be a coping mechanism and an adrenaline rush. Those who receive a rush at each stage of the theft may turn into repeat offenders.

Another compelling reason for theft is peer pressure. When you are in a new place, amongst new people and on your own for the first time, you might be tempted to fit in. If everyone else seems to be doing it, it turns into a societal pressure. Even if you never experienced a rush during theft before, it can change when you have a community around you that encourages it. What does not tend to contribute to theft is poverty.

People at a variety of different income levels steal. Those who have an upper class upbringing steal and sometimes those who have little money do not participate in theft at all.

The above article is meant to inform on why people might choose to steal. It is not legal advice.