Proponents of the poverty causes crime theory often cite Hsieh and Pugh (1993) which meta analyzed 34 studies and found that 97% of the 76 relationships reported, all but 2, indicated that poorer areas had higher crime rates. The average correlation between poverty and violent crime was 0.44 and statistically significant. Hiegh and Pugh also.
The most popular view is that crime is a category created by law. Poverty and crime have a very intimate relationship that has been described by experts from all fields, from sociologists to economists. The UN and the World Bank both rank crime high on the list of obstacles to a country’s development. This means that governments trying to.