Comparing Blue and White Collar Crime

White collar crime is associated with a person’s social status and occupation, (Schmalleger, 2014). These are individuals considered affluent, prosperous, and high socio-economic class. They also hold high positions within an organization with access to resources to commit crime. Most likely these crimes require little physical activity or involvement. These can range from fraud and money laundering to embezzlement or AntiTrust violations like price fixing. White-collar crimes are often easy to conceal and given little media attention. For this reason, violators are less likely to be arrested or convicted with the assistance of expensive lawyers. Furthermore, white-collar criminals do not fit the myths and stereotype of a criminal. They are upper class high salary citizens and distinguished professions in their field.

Blue-collar crime is everything else and is best defined by their lower socio-economic status. These are people that hold low and mid-level occupations. They may even be unemployed. Blue-collar crime is violent crimes, crimes against property, person, and even victimless crimes like drug abuse or prostitution, (Graham, 2012). These are crimes that “cause an immediate and highly visible injury to society”, (Graham, 2012). Blue-collar crimes receive the most media attention and are a larger cause of concern for society. Examples of blue-collar crimes are burglary, rape, or violence. Individuals who commit blue-collar crimes are more likely to be young. These are crimes that require physical involvement and little skill. They are also crimes where criminals are more likely to be convicted.


Graham, M. (2012). White collar crime and the united states economy. (Master’s thesis, University of New Hampsire). Retrieved from

Schmalleger, F. (2014). Criminology today: An integrative introduction. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.


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