First watch the video posted in the learning module: A TedTalk by criminologist Richard Wright, Ph.D. which examines the link between the availability of on-hand cash and street crime (of which robbery is a prominent form). In particular, Dr. Wright makes an argument that the declining use of cash in society has had a significant impact on rates of street crimes such as robbery.
Although Dr. Wright discusses the effects of “cashlessness” on rates of street crime in general, I would like you to consider and critically examine the effect that our gradual movement toward a cashless society will have specifically on crimes like robbery and in comparison to the traditional intervention strategies described in the textbook (see pp. 103-105).
In other words, tell me what you think of Dr. Wright’s “less cash, less crime” thesis as it applies to the crime of robbery. How might the effects of cashlessness on robbery rates compare to the more traditional crime control approaches discussed in the text to prevent robbery? Do you think creating a cashless society is a more promising solution to robbery prevention than these other forms of intervention? Feel free to use examples and descriiptions of how these things may impact the crime of robbery and robbery rates.
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