Why do we report crime?

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"Always try to tell a crime story in human terms. Do not concentrate all the time on the police or the criminals. Look at what has happened to the victim. Your readers or listeners are more likely to be victims of crime than they are to be either police officers or criminals" (Crime reporting introduction).  

Sometimes people are so caught up in the crime that they forget that the victim is a real person who, up until the crime, most likely lived a life similar to the readers.  This tip links back to what the source said about reporting crimes.  Why do we report it?  "Readers or listeners often want an explanation of why crimes happen. They ask: 'Could it happen to me?' They may want to know so that they can prevent a similar thing happening to themselves."
 
To me, this would be the main reason why I would want to hear news about crimes.  Therefore, including what happened to the victim could help people understand how to prevent a crime happening to them.  It seems to go both ways.



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Jennifer Prex said:

It makes sense. In this way the news would serve a greater purpose than to just inform.

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