If a farmer grew good watermelons, everyone knew about it. Sometimes the tasty treat was just too hard for young people to resist on a hot summer day. Mildred Opitz remembers kids tipping over outhouses and stealing watermelons .
And then there were the problems with illegal fishing. Normally, rods and reels, boats and bobbers are the necessary technologies needed for fishing. But in the 30s, a few folks like some of Herman Goertzen's relatives fished with their bare hands, even though it was illegal . It was called 'stump fishing.'
Georgios A. Antonopoulos obtained his doctorate from the University of Durham in 2006. He is currently Professor of Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law of Teesside University. His teaching and research interest include the criminality, criminalization and victimization of minority ethnic groups, qualitative research methods, and ‘organized crime’/illegal markets. He is an associate of the Cross-Border Crime Colloquium , associate editor of the journal Trends in Organized Crime (published by Springer), and member of the editorial boards of the journals Global Crime , J ournal of Financial Crime , Journal of Money Laundering Control and the British Journal of Criminology . In 2009 he won the European Society of Criminology Young Criminologist Award . In 2014 he was executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC).
The public, politicians and law enforcers should focus on crime prevention. It’s of utmost importance to change the perception on crime. It is not enough to react to criminals acts by arresting, taking to trial and convicting perpetrators. The government and its legal agents need to examine what can be done so as to address the issue of crime before it occurs. Prevention of crime should be given more attention. Instead of hiring more law enforcing officer, building more prisons and funding the criminal law justice system the funds can be used to improve development in the country.