In this time of economic uncertainty, experts say, an uptick in crime and violence is likely as people confront financial problems that might lead them to desperate measures, reports the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader. Poverty and financial desperation contribute to both petty crimes and serious corruption such as identity theft, embezzlement and fraud. They also can lead to an increase in suicides. Financial and criminal justice experts say South Dakota will be affected by the world’s economic trouble and might see spikes in certain crimes associated with a recession.
The economy could increase pressure on law enforcement and associated social services, Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said. “We could see increased foreclosures, more lockouts, more civil judgments, more families without a place to call home,” he said. “When it personally affects people, it can lead to depression, substance abuse, marital stress, increased suicide attempts. It can result in desperate people stealing, cheating their employers or stealing from their employers or family members.”