Gambling and Crime

Bongiorno (1984) argues that there is a close relationship between gambling and crime. Many scholars and policy makers have carried out many surveys and researches and have proved that gambling increases the rate of crime in a particular area. The crime takes different forms from assault, felony and misdemeanor to fraud.

Gambling is very addictive, and those addicted would never live without it (Spapens, Littler & Fijnaut 2008). When unable to pay their gambling debts, people start all sorts of crime in order to continue with their trade. Furthermore, illegal gambling, which is a crime by itself, starts in the streets when gambling addicts can no longer afford casino gambling (Earl 2000). National Council on Problem Gaming (NCPG) shows that the most addicted ages are between the 18 and 24 years. At this age, most people have little choice for sourcing for money, and they turn to crime in order to continue with gambling. Gamblers Anonymous gave a report that stated that an average compulsive gambler is usually in $80000 debt, while there are over 12 million such gamblers in the US. Illegal underage prostitution has significantly increased as gambling is closely related to sex. Furthermore, frustrations from casinos have spilled over to households, and domestic violence is on the rise (Earl 2000). Domestic violence has involved both spouses and child abuse, which has increased significantly in the areas where gambling has been introduced (National Think Tank). At the same time, there are increased cases of vehicle accidents that are an outcome psychological issues that result from gambling (Ashcroft, Daniels & Hart 2004) There has also been a very high rise in the cases of illegal cheques written by gamblers who do not have enough money during games (Ashcroft, Daniels and Hart 2004).

It is therefore in the best interest of the world business and security stakeholders to carry out detailed and concise research. This research would pinpoint the actual and specific meeting points between gambling and crime in order to have controlled gambling that would reduce crime.