Poverty and crime in Fort portal Municipality, Kabarole district

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
This study was carried out on poverty and crime whose general objective was to establish the extent to which poverty has led to increased crime in Fort portal municipality. Three specific objectives guided the study and these were; to assess the impact of poverty on crime in Fort portal municipality, to identify the causes of high crime rates amongst the people of Fortortal municipality and to establish possible measures on how to reduce crime in Fort portal. The study used descriptive design which was explanatory in nature and it was based on quantitative and qualitative approaches. It covered a sample of sixty respondents. The data instruments used were the questionnaires and interviews. Findings revealed that prevalence of poverty in Fort portal is relatively high and the resultant impact is the issue of increased crime like shoplifting, theft, drug abuse, prostitution, among others. The main causes of increased crime were unemployment, drug abuse, corruption of which poverty is said to be a major determinant. Therefore, creation of employment opportunities should be a priority by the government to ensure that at least majority of the people, youths in particular have jobs. Efforts should also be geared towards fighting corruption among the authorities such that criminals are legally punished and law is enforced efficiently.
A research report submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies of Kampala International University
Poverty, Crime, Kabarole District