Criminal Law in Business Environment

Crimes are unlawful actions that affect everyone in society. These activities are conducted at different levels, and while they are disadvantageous and harmful to individuals and businesses, some people end up benefiting from this practice. Part of the crime beneficiaries are the crime control industry stakeholders. These individuals or business entities, such as private security firms and gun manufacturers, have increased demand for their services or goods when widespread crime occurs. This results in profiting from crime (Garmany & Galdeano, 2017). Personnel in the criminal justice system also benefit to some extent due to this practice because they manage to get employment at different levels in the criminal justice system. Examples are corrections officers and lawyers.

Businesses can prevent the occurrence of crime in various ways, and one method can be through running background checks on employees to establish the existence of a criminal background. This will help in curtailing crime as a result of rogue personnel. Businesses can also prevent crime by installing proper security systems, which will aid in the prevention of theft (Li, 2022).

When a crime is propagated in a business environment, both consumers and businesses ultimately suffer. The consumer suffers as a result of additional costs, which business entities may incorporate as a means of recouping losses that may occur as a result of criminal activities. When there is an increase in criminal activities, consumer patterns and behaviors, such as going out at night, may change due to fear of victimization (Tillyer & Walter, 2019). This change in consumer patterns will adversely affect the business entity due to reduced sales.


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Tillyer, M. S., & Walter, R. J. (2019). Busy Businesses and Busy Contexts: The Distribution and Sources of Crime at Commercial Properties. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 56(6), 816–850.

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