Criminal acts are on a rise everywhere - Drug Trafficking, Sex crimes, Terrorism, Property related crimes, Assault, Homicide crimes, murder, vehicular homicide, Robbery, Arson, Forgery, Elder Abuse, Cyber crime, Teenage Crimes, economic crimes etc. In this age of darkness (kalyug), its obvious rise in crime is bound to happen and will only increase further as time further travels. Sacred scriptures like Srimad Bhagvatam also mention about how the period of Kalyuga will be, wheren in criminal acts will increase to such high levels, and a time will come when law and order will completely disappear and there will be chaos, unrest, violence, complete instablity around the globe. It comes from the root, when the base itself is weak, the object standing on it has to fall down one day.
Crime is more related to the mind set of a person, and the particular criminal mindset is due to variety of reasons - the upbringing, a childs free access to adult content, poverty is also one of the causes of crime, Family dispute between parents which lingers on for years right in front of there children leading to psychological disorders among children, Greed to get hold of every product that's introduced to markets, child abuse, Prostitution, jealousy, unhealthy competition to go past others. And one of the causes of crime increase is decrease in spiritual pratices. A family where in there is a regular practice of offering prayers, doing meditation, performing rituals, visiting shrines and places of religious importance, giving charity, performance of sacrifices etc, the frame of mind of such individuals is in the mode of goodness, they dont have selfish tendencies that first they themselves and there family comes and then comes the society. Lust, unwanted anger, greed, violent acts are not found in such individuals. The mind is more relaxed and can differentiate between wrong and right deeds.
Our schools teach us on a variety of subjects - Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Languages but there is no subject of religious/spiritual knowledge, why can't we introduce teaching Bhagawad Gita or Bible or Quran etc as per the choice of the student, but the subject should be compulsory. From one generation to next if we notice there is a clear fall in gaining spiritual/religious knowledge, the reason being it is not compulsory and also not a part of our day to day lifestyle like how it used to be a few hundreds of years before.
Its very obvious due to absence of spiritual practices and absence of spiritual knowledge, it only leads to an increase of acts influenced by the other two modes of material nature , ie.The Mode of Passion and Mode of Ignorance, and these two modes have nothing to do with spirituality, enlightenment or religious knowhow. The mode passion and ignorance being opposite to the mode of goodness is only influenced by materialism - To work, To achieve a material product, To give material happiness first to there family and then to the society, and to achieve all this first to go on the path under legal guidelines but if not able to get what is wanted then to take the illegal route, leading to crime.
Those who have not been taught what to value in life run after materialism, which makes them greedy and lusty resulting in crime. Material benefits are no doubt important for a comfortable life materially, but we need to strike a balance between material and spiritual practices because presence of acts performed in the mode of goodness like prayers, charity, rituals will cover some area of your life and which will decrease the area covered by the modes of passion and ignorance resulting in lesser crime, increase in allround growth, higher education, resulting in peace of mind, and where there is peace, happiness will also come both materially and spiritually.