Poverty is not an excuse for crime as morality is the biggest factor PUBLISHED: 17:32, 24 June 2012 | UPDATED: 10:14, 25 June 2012 Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...Cambridge-University-study.html#ixzz1yoKSpovg Children commit crime because they lack morals and not just because of the environment they live in, according to a new study. Cambridge University studied around 700 young people in Peterborough for over a decade and discovered that most adolescent crime is not just youthful opportunism. In fact, while it is agreed that urban environments trigger some young people to commit crime, it is their morality which is the biggest factor. Other teenagers remain highly resistant to committing crime - regardless of the circumstances. A lack of moral compass, rather than the opportunity to commit crime or social background, was revealed to be the most important factor in youths breaking the law. The research, which is the most comprehensive study of youth crime in Europe, found that teenagers who avoided crime did so not because they feared the consequences or lacked the chance, but because they saw it as wrong. Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom, who led the Cambridge study, said: â'Many young people are âcrime-averseâ and simply donât perceive crime as a possible course of action - it doesnât matter what the situation is. The idea that opportunity makes the thief â that young people will inevitably commit crime in certain environments â runs counter to our findings. âRather, only the âcrime-proneâ become vulnerable to said opportunities when taking part in environments with a moral context that encourages or at least does not discourage crime.â Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...Cambridge-University-study.html#ixzz1yoKJG4H3 So who are these fools that say giving more food stamps and redistributing wealth will deter crime?