It's all relative. If not for the deterrence effect our crime rate would be even higher.<quoted text>IF they did, wouldn't we have a lower crime rate than we do?
I don't think criminals think all that much.
Like I have said, make armed robbery a $100 fine misdemeanor and armed robbery incidents will, without a doubt, increase. This would not happen if criminals gave consequences absolutely no thought. Do all criminals give such thought; no, but some do?