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Crime has plagued societies throughout history, but the prevalence of various types of crimes has changed over time. International and cross-cultural comparisons of crime exhibit interesting trends. The emergence of transnational crime is a trend that reflects the growing interdependence of nations. While U.S. crime rates exploded beginning in the 1960s, the crime dip since the 1990s has been a major development that has attracted a variety of explanations.

The Rise and Fall of Crime

Many types of crimes that were of major concern in societies of the past are no longer worrisome. Train robbery, stagecoach robbery, cattle rustling, dueling, gunfighting, piracy, and grave robbery have some modern remnants. However, for the most part, they have disappeared. Some practices, such as piracy, reappear, while others present ...

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