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White-Collar Crime or Road Crime: Which is More Costly to Society? What's crime? Merriam-Webster defines crime as "an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law which makes the offender liable to punishment by that law" (Merriam-Webster). There are lots of kinds of crime but the two this paper will concentrate on are street crime and white- collar crime. There is no definitive definition of street crime, but it's generally thought of as crime which happens in public like theft, robbery, auto theft, arson, drug addiction, and vandalism. The expression "white-collar crime" was first coined by Edwin Sutherland at 1939 in reference to offenses perpetrated by men and women in higher status jobs in regard to their careers (Barnett). According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation website (2011), white-collar crime is basically lying, cheating, and stealing and encircles frauds and scams committed by specialists from business and government. There are conflicting views on which type of crime is much more expensive to society. This paper will show the arguments for both perspectives and analyze the strengths and weakness of each position. In his analysis, "The Aggregate Burden of Crime", David Anderson (1999) estimated that the annual direct and indirect costs of criminal action in the USA. He estimated that police protection price $47 billion, corrections accounted for $36 billion, and $19 billion travelled for the legal and judicial aspects of state and local criminal scenarios. Estimates also contained lost workdays values $876 billion and $25 billion in medical bills and lost productivity due to guns. In addition to victims' losses, crime-prevention bureaus, and authorized.