Crime has been a growing problem all over the world in the last 30 years. Crimes involving stealing are the most popular , such as burglaries , shopliftings, pickpocketing . Crimes of violence , such as assoult , when an attacher threatens or tries to apply violence . Murder someone is killed intentionally . If the killing was not fully intentional , the crime is manslaughter .Illegaly damaging other people’s property is called vandalism . Criminals use violence or threats to get money and so on . These are robberies , mugging , kidnapping , blackmail . Lots of crimes are connected with drugs and ( quit a member of crimes is committed by people being drunk ) under the influence of alkohol . Some car crimes are not very seriuos , such as illegal parking , some are dangerous both for drivers and pedestrians – drunk driving , reckless driving , speeding . The number of crimes committed bye people in business or in influential jobs is increasing : bribery , corruption , forgery , tax evasion . And finally crimes committed for political reasons : politically motivated killings , most leaders are afraid of assassination . The businessmen are taken hostage bye terrorists while travelling in the Middle East . Hijacking of passanger planes can be heard now and then . *The main topic of my individual talk is to answer the question: how would people protect themselves against a crime? Therefore I’ll try to analyse if people should be allowed to carry pistols to protect themselves. In addition I will express my own opinion about it.Firstly I would like to mention that nowadays our life isn_t safe. It seems that neither police, nor government can_t guarantee public safety. Therefore statistics show that violent crimes have increased at present. No one can live in peace and feel safe even in his own home. That’s why people are trying to protect themselves more and more: they try to find new ways of protection, supply their private property with modern secure equipment, they even buy weapons, thinking that it is an effective measure against crimes and violence.Frankly speaking, I am on the same side. I agree that pistols should be allowed for self-defence, because it gives us some advantages: I think you will be more self-confident knowing that you can defend yourself, it will be safer for you and your friends. I suppose the possession of a weapon will help to prevent crimes. To sum everything up I would like to say that we should always search for a better solution to these problems and of course take measures, because nobody will do our job for us.*Now teenagers commit more crimes then adult ones! Gangs of young criminals are increasing every day. What is the reason of that?The answer is one: family_s instability, alcoholism, economical problems, depreciated schools and education, imperfect law system. In 1997 13 children aged from 5 to 10 year committed crimes and burglaries. In 1998 more then 28. Last year teenagers committed about 535 crimes. During one-year period delinquency raised 16.6%. Biggest part of crimes were committed by teenagers aged from 13 to 19. Thefts from cars are 42.3% and burgalyries-31.5% off all committed crimes. Every 6th crime is burglary.Films of violence, detailed crime stories in the press have a big influence for crimes increasing. In 1998 investigated 47 teenagers’ burglaries in Siauliai, this year, after 4 mounht-28. 22 of them were investigated. Comparing with last year Siauliai have 46.7% increase. Dogging adults steps teenagers begin extort wealth, cheat, make drugs, use guns, process money, resell burglaries things. Statistic shows that drunk or intoxicated teenagers made many crimes. From 615 criminals 249 are pupil from secondary school. 53% guilty juveniles don’t study or work. We can group teenager criminals into two groups. One group of them become criminals, because those teenagers are weakling persons, their friends make great influence on them on their way of thinking or by these friends help they do a crime for fun. Other group of teenager’s criminals does crimes for their bad social status. * How a teenager can become a criminal? A teenager can become a criminal when:· This teenager’s friends make great influence on him on his way of thinking.· This teenager is a weakling person and he can’t resist the temptation to alcohol, drugs, so he does a crime, because at that moment he did not understand what he was doing, because he was drunk.· This teenager do not have what to do in his spare time, so he does a crime just for having fun. · This teenager’s social status is bad, so he does a crime for having money.What kind of teenager criminals are in Lithuania? teenager criminal can be:*vandal (a person who likes to draw on the cars, walls, houses, who likes to brake something);filches (some kind of stealer);pilferer (some kind of stealer);pugnacious person (a person who likes to fight against somebody);burglar (a person who steals from the houses);,rapist (a person who likes to rape women);,racketeer (a person who orders another person to give all his money); As we all know the bigger part of teenager criminals are of male sex. And we also know that a teenager criminal is not so dangerous like a professional criminal, who has got lots of experience in that sphere. And that a teenager criminal’s way of life could be easily changed to another way of life, normal way of life, just you have to show that their is another way of living.Police accountWhy do youngsters become criminals? It’s the question, which bothers a lot of people. Here are some reasons why that happens:S Youngsters don’t have interesting facilities and hobbies,Use drugs,Have bad friends,Have a lot of problems at home,Finds nothing interesting at school,Have some problems with teachers,Haven’t got a living place or don’t have money for food These are the main things why youngsters become criminals. Now we want to tell some ideas how to solve this problem. Should be some educational centers where young people could find a professional psychologist that would help a lot. Schools should try to help solve that problem and organize some lectures for students about crimes, drugs, how drugs can make people do very bad things. We were explaining how to solve that problem, but we forgot to tell what kinds of crimes are most popular.There are a lot of hooligans, but it isn’t the biggest problem in our country. They have a lot of problems with muggers, because they are getting money like that for drugs and then they start feeling bad and start robbing (old ladies), stealing or even burgling. That makes a lot of problems for police officers. And the other kind of crimes is shoplifting (that is the most popular kind of crimes) Very many shops loose a lot of money, because of that. And the main thing with shoplifters is that they get used to it and become addict. We think you want to ask why police isn’t doing anything about that. But they do. They try to organize some summer caps for youngsters try to take them to psychologist or to talk with them; some times they organize shows for pupil. So I think you can’t say that police is doing nothing.