Assessment of the factors associated with criminal offences recorded in Mukono Town, A case study of Nagalama Police Division
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The purpose of the study is to examine the factors associated with the pattern of crime in Uganda, Mukono in particular, to know which crimes are most committed in Mukono town and causes, to know if crime in Mukono is age and gender related, to know which age bracket is more involved in criminal activities in Mukono town, to discover if crime has a relationship with occupational level, taking a case study of Nagalama Police Division. The study further provides an insight of the different categories and types of crimes committed. The study applied quantitative methods of data collection using tables from the records and archives from the offence books of the police. The study also applied statistical methods of data analysis where collected data was analyzed using descriptive statistics tools such as mean, frequencies, percentages, chi-square, to answer the different objectives. The Findings of the study were; the highest committed offense is Thefts (42.86%). Majority (76.84%) of the offenders are Youth (15 to 35 years of age). Majority of the offenders are Males (94.74%), whereas the least offenders are Females (5.26%). Majority of the offenders (75.79%) are engaged in Informal Employment. There is no significant relationship between the sex of an offender and the crime committed evidenced by a p-value of 0.158 at 5% level of significance. There is a significant relationship between crimes committed and the age of the offenders evidenced by a p-value is 0.000 at 5% level of significance. There is no significant relationship between occupational/employment status and crime evidenced by a p-value is 0.223 at 5% level of significance. The researcher recommends the government should engage the population, more so the youth in formal employment, so as to reduce the levels of crime.