Stealing is an act of taking away something from others that is rightfully theirs. Though there are lots of psychological studies on the various behaviors of stealing, humankind has not been able to identify a radical cure to this sociological problem.
The reasons for stealing could be more than just providing opportunity to steal or due to the various reasons that thieves provide to defend their heinous acts.
1. Lack of Resources:
The human society, however greatly civilized it may appear to be, is having lots of stratifications, of which one of the most appalling is the economical diversity, where there are rich people with all the resources readily available for them, poorer classes who are dangling below the poverty line or just around that perilous line, and the middle class who may be richer or poorer depending on the various factors. It may sound logical that the poor may steal the rich and feed themselves.
When the society is having so much of economic differences, it is natural that when one can possess precious luxury items, others who are poorer can not even imagine, as they will be toiling hard to get meet their fundamental needs. So, jealousy and envy sprouts out and pushes the person to steal what they do not own letting them imagine that this will even out the differences.
Out of the various known facts, it is astonishing that most of the thieves or pickpockets started their art accidentally and the first few times was just done for fun, such as picking the plastic comb out of the friend’s pocket when they do not realize that, just to surprise them later by showing the catch. Such childish games will normally wane away unless one clings to it and become a professional stealer.
If the person’s family history is filled with burglars or just one of the distant relative being too good at picking things, then the genetic dilemma would make the person a professional. Moreover, genes are too selfish that when it comes to fulfilling their own needs, they do not bother about impact on others or even on oneself in the aftermath.
With faulty parenting, the stealing is encouraged. When the child shows their prize to its parents after their dark adventure, it is the responsibility of the parents to show the kid the path of righteousness. They should also be role models by being good citizens who pay taxes properly, do not look out for undue favors, as even commissions in wrong ways is equivalent to stealing, which sends across a strong message that it is okay to steal or own what is not rightful for ourselves.
6. Social Framework:
If the child has been brought up in the darkest of avenues in the city where they teach thieving and other heinous arts, then it is natural that the person would sharpen their skills in hurting the community to benefit themselves.
7. Peer Pressure:
Some groups would enroll a new member only when they display certain skills such as stealing or picking pockets. When the child joins such groups, then it is more likely to pick up these behaviors just to get recognized as a vital member of the group.
8. Psychological Problems:
Some people are pushed by their psychological problems, where they start picking things that do not belong to them in the wrongful means, without paying for them. Such thieves can be easily corrected with proper psychiatric counseling and mentoring.
Whatever be the cause of the act of thieving, it is best for the persons involved in it to realize that they should realize that their actions affect others very badly and should change themselves.