Working as a private investigator, one of the first lessons I’ve learned is that whenever someone does something wrong, their wrongful actions will eventually become a normal part of their behaviour.
Several years ago, a woman contacted us here in Australian Investigation asking us to investigate her ex-partner. The man was said to be a sociopath and had stolen a huge amount of money from her before they split up. Six months later, another woman contacted us sharing the same story and apparently, the same man was involved.
What’s more, each woman managed to get in touch with another woman who had dealt with that same man and suffered in the same circumstances. With everyone’s consent, we placed the women in touch with one another until we were able to piece together the entire story. It appears that this man had stolen more than $200,000 worth of money from these four women, which also included expensive things, such as engagement rings.
In fact, he had even stolen a cat from one of them and gave it to another woman as a gift. Australian Investigation was able to contact another woman who got victimised by the same man. In her case, the man took an unjustified AVO against the woman.
So, we informed the police about the man’s chequered past. He was clearly a troublemaker who duped several women he had a relationship with. But this case is just one of the many cases that we investigate on a daily basis.
Recently, there was an interesting story that was been making rounds on the Internet this week. It was regarding a hotel worker who had stolen more than a thousand underwear and bras and was also accused of stalking teenage girls.
The accused, named Sutan Achmed Daniel Al Hamilton was a 37-yr old hotel employee who stole more than a thousand pairs of undergarments from Ibis and Rydges hotels in the past few years. He admitted his crime in front of the media outside the court and claimed that it was due to his “fetish.”
The cases illustrated above are examples that impropriety is indeed a pattern of behaviour. Trivial incidents such as stealing underwear or telling lies to a spouse or partner may not matter to most people, however, these are indications of a much deeper problem in the future. For instance, in the case of the hotel worker, he has not only been stealing undergarments, but he was also stalking teenagers, aged 15 to 17 years old.
Behavioural patterns are also present among those who have committed serious crimes. Examples are serial killers who engaged in other criminal acts at a young age, such as harming of animals and arson.
In fact, convicted killers like Russel Williams and Jeff Brudos are said to be stealing women’s undergarments before they committed sexual assaults and eventually resorted to killing people.
Intuition is Nature’s Insurance Policy
If your instinct is telling you that something is wrong, then it probably is. Most of the time, our intuitions are right even if it’s somewhat trivial. So always pay close attention to your instincts. If you find the behaviour of a particular person doubtful, then you should do something to address your doubts.
Background checks are very useful during these situations. This is especially applicable in cases involving intimate relationships and when hiring a new employee. Having evidence of past wrongdoing is an indication that special attention must be given to the person.
What Leads to Criminal Behaviour
In one study, it was found that an individual could have up to eight different traits. Other studies have also established that a person can have up to six traits. Below are the six different traits that a person can possibly have.
- Criminal Peers
Those who have this trait are individuals whose peers are linked to criminal activities. Most of these people are involved in substance abuse, either alcohol or drugs.
Peer influence is the number one reason why individuals will engage in criminal activities. This is a common trait among individuals who lack community involvement.
- Anti-Social Personality
This trait usually includes atypical behaviour that’s been acquired before reaching the age of 15. It could include running away, fighting, skipping school, lying, damage to property, hurting animals, etc.
- Dysfunctional Family
Some people resort to crime due to a dysfunctional family relationship. These are people who don’t get enough emotional or financial support from family members.
This can also happen if the family of the person involved doesn’t have the ability to solve problems and is unable to communicate with each other effectively.
Some family members are usually not good at expressing emotions in the most appropriate manner. Sometimes, the family members themselves are also involved in criminal activities.
- Lack of Self-Control
This trait refers to the inability to control one’s impulsivity and temperament. Those who possess this trait tend to do things without carefully thinking about it. Their mindset is to do things here and now and will not consider the consequences of such behaviour.
- Anti-Social Values
This trait is also called, “criminal thinking.” It’s usually characterised by a belief that their actions are justifiable even if it’s criminal in nature.
Individuals who have this trait tend to blame others for possessing such negative behaviour and will not even show any remorse for what they have done.
- Substance Abuse
This refers to those who have been addicted to alcohol or drugs to the point that it affected their ability to engage in a productive lifestyle. People should normally have an increased tolerance to substances and should know when to stop drinking or using.
The normal process of assessment will normally take six days to be completed. If it takes more or less than that could lead to inaccuracies. As soon as the officer establishes an idea on the level of risk involved and has recognised the subject’s criminogenic traits, they should immediately start with the supervision.
They should come up with tactics that can help to motivate the individual to achieve success while also holding them accountable and impose proper sanctions to address the negative behaviour.