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Do bystanders have a responsibility to intervene in crimes?

  • Treat others as you wish to be treated

    Put yourself in the position of the victim. Wouldn't you want to be helped? I know I would. You were placed in that certain time and moment to make a difference and to possibly save the life of another human being. Step up to the plate. Be courageous. Have love for your fellow man.

  • Who Has Your Back?

    What kind of a society do you want to live in? Yes the criminal element expresses itself from time to time. When you choose to step up and engage in protecting those around you and discourage the criminal elements in society, you are investing your time and energy in building a life encouraging society for yourself and all your loved ones. We cannot accompany all our dear relatives and friends as they go about their daily tasks, but we can protect other wayfarers in the hope that others will step in to help us and our loved ones when confusion occurs. Whether we believe it or not, we do shape the society that we live in, can we really live with ourselves when we ignore each others pain?

  • Yes bystanders have a responsibility to intervene.

    All people should have the will and desire to help others, even those who are bystanders to a crime. People should want to help their fellow man and try to do the best by them in hopes that one day if they need help someone will be willing to step up and help them as well.

  • Take a Stand

    We must take a stand against the bullies. Those bad people do not deserve the right to harm a person. We must take charge before matters get worse. If we see a person getting harmed or robbed protect that person. We all must step up once in a while so the bully doesn't do it again.

  • Why Should You Wait?

    Why is it that citizens should have to wait until the police arrives to get help? Many times the police arrives much later. Why should they have to wait 30 - 60 minutes for the police when a bullet can be flying that very second.. When help is directly in front of you shouldn't you expect them to help you because if it were them they'd expect the same!

  • Crime is variable, so is level of intervention.

    For most crimes calling the police should be enough, even in terrible things like child abuse (this intervenes against the crime). However there is a risk to benefit margin to consider beyond such; how much do you value your safety, vs what degree of danger would you place yourself in?

    Technically, just staying around to fill out a witness report with the police, is intervening against the criminal (at incredibly low risk).

  • Not my responsibly as a citizen but as a human being.

    I respond to the first argument for the opposing, "Are you really willing to risk your own life for a stranger?" why would i not be? If it was your friend would you intervene? No? What if it was your sister or brother? Valuing another life simply on the fact that "I don't know this person so they are not worth saving" is a terrible concept. A human life is a human life. If i had a chance to save a single persons life regardless of my safety or if i knew them or not, It would mean they could go back to they're family. And THAT.... Would make it worth it.

  • We have the responsibility to intervene.

    We must defend those who can't defend themselves. When we are the victim of a crime and we can't defend ourselves, we look to others for a helping hand. I personally could never just watch while someone is getting hurt. It only would make sense to intervene and help someone.

  • YES They Should

    Every little bit of help counts. Depending on the seriousness of the situation, the least that anyone can do is call the police or an authority that can take charge in dangerous cases. It is wrong to fall to the bystander effect of thinking that we cannot do much to help someone if all we need to do is make the one single most important phone call.

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  • You are a human so "JUST DO IT!!"

    I respond to the first argument for the opposing, "Are you really willing to risk your own life for a stranger?" why would i not be? If it was your friend would you intervene? No? What if it was your sister or brother? Valuing another life simply on the fact that "I don't know this person so they are not worth saving" is a terrible concept. A human life is a human life. If i had a chance to save a single persons life regardless of my safety or if i knew them or not, It would mean they could go back to they're family. And THAT.... Would make it worth it.

  • Depends on situation

    If someone is getting beat up, the nice thing to do would be to help the victim. Putting yourself at an unnecessary risk might not be worth helping the other person out. Basically you need to look out for yourself before you look out for others. It's not your responsibility, but it is a kind gesture.

  • They could get hurt. And you should help.

    If someone is laying on the ground getting beat up, bystanders should be the ones to stand up in the face of trouble and tell it no. It's not fair that someone has to get beat up while bystanders are sitting there feeling sorry for them. So do what you should and stand up and tell them SSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTOOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

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  • We should, but we shouldn't be relied on by society to do so.

    We always need to help whenever someone is in a bad situation. Some of us won't, for too many reasons to list. Either way, bystanders shouldn't be the only person to report it or intervene. Not always will the bully back down from gaining attention for acting superior. We should only act by straight up asking the victim or intimidating the bully.

  • You don't want to die

    Criminals will always think of themselves as number 1 and if you try to stop them they will not hesitate to hurt you or other around you. Witnesses are more important alive than dead because they could help in the investigation of the crime and even help catch the person.

  • No. We have a police force. We have the resp

    We have the responsibility to call the police. It' the police's job to intervene in crimes.

    Why do I say that? Because most of the time, by putting yourself in the middle of a crime, you are simply putting one more person in danger (you buddy) while not increasing the chance of survival of the person whom you are trying to help at all.

    Of course if there is no police force in a society, that's a different and more complicated issue.


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