What noteworthy criminal incidents or activities occurred during the last half century, and what social and economic conditions might have produced them?

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Over the last half-century, there have been many riots in cities. During the mid- to late 1960s, protests and riots broke out in many urban areas, and this trend has occurred on and off since then. Lack of economic opportunities, an increase in poverty, and lower levels of employment and education have contributed to these riots. Recently, concerns of police brutality have also fueled these incidents.

Another growing trend is the rise of scams. More and more people have become targets of various scams, such as false reports of IRS threats, false communication from a bank or credit card company, or false reports of endangerment or abduction of family members. New and more sophisticated forms of technology have made these actions possible. Through the use of computers and the increased ease of contacting people quickly by email or by phone, more people have fallen prey to these schemes. Many of the forms of communication actually look as if they are coming from a bank, the IRS, or...

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