2020 March

08 Mar: The Crime Triangle

In 2014 I was interviewed by a radio station after the host had read my book. She seemed particularly interested in the part where I talked of the 3 elements of crime;  … it only takes three elements for any violent crime: 1)   An attacker motivated by a cause 2)   A victim who represents that cause 3)   A lack of protection  The first two elements exist in just about any major gathering of people. The third may be more common in faith-based organizations than any other group.[i] Those 3 elements are often reduced to 3 simple words, desire, ability and opportunity. As pointed out by many in law enforcement, eliminate any part of the equation and the crime will not occur. We have more control over opportunity than the other two. By removing the opportunity, those with a criminal desire and the ability to act on that desire will find…