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Can We Live in a World Without Crime? Is It Possible?

I've lived and worked alongside (and suffered at the hands of) criminals of every shape & form.

Introduction

Crime affects us all. We all carry keys, right? When was the last time you locked your home or car? Or used passwords to access your computer devices to stop people hacking into our accounts? It's because of criminals and thieves we have to keep an eye (lock and key) on every personal possession we own — our homes, businesses, phones, computer devices and cars, etc.

Unfortunately, there's a massive business in crime, and the innocent are continuing to suffer. From sneaky shoplifters and pickpockets to burglars, scammers, murderers and terrorists. How can we shut down these criminal activities once and for all?

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How Crime Affects Us - Everyday

There are thousands of ways criminals work to take control of our property. And being scammed, stolen from or robbed — or being a victim of violence can be devastating, especially with the long-term psychological damage and trauma it can cause.

However, criminals and thieves are not just strangers. They can be your friends, family, the cleaner, carer, nanny or your local builder who will steal your personal belongings. Some are sneaky and steal small amounts of cash from your wallets and purse for years. Just enough that you won't notice. Thieves are so greedy and heartless, even kids' piggy bank savings are not out of bounds for low-life thieves.

Hard-working shopkeepers who work all day and night to create a business will have their lives and businesses destroyed in a blink of an eye. All because of mindless criminals who have no ethical principles, respect or moral compass.

Some shop workers are not so honest. They will deliberately over-charge or short-change you each time you shop.

Thieves, as well as shop employees, will steal stock from retail shops. The result? Businesses become bankrupt. We pay extra because of theft as a result, and insurance premiums are inflated because of fraud (false claims).

Greed is one of the oldest human defects. Even successful business people worth millions resort to white-collar crime (fraud) to steal more.

The there are fraudsters who sell fake, potentially dangerous products without any care in the world for our health or safety, just to line their deep, never-ending greedy pockets. As well as the online fraudsters who profit from items people buy online from a fake website that has no merchandise.

Don't forget the Identity fraudsters. These types of thieves are not just content with stealing your property, they will steal your identity to access your banking or online accounts, or to obtain credit and other benefits, and all because of greed.

Then there are the scammers who are more interested in 'finance' than 'romance'. While you're looking for love it companionship, they are creating fake profiles on social networking and dating sites/apps to steal your heart, then your cash! Unfortunately, not even passwords, antivirus, spyware or firewalls will keep people safe, especially the vulnerable and gullible who fall victim to these scammers.

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Many shoplifters and robbers have resorted to 'ram-raiding,' by smashing stolen vehicles through shop windows. All done without any care for anyone's safety inside the store. Much like the criminals who use explosives to blow-up cash machines (ATMs) without any care or consideration of the risk to the welfare of people living and working nearby.

Heartless burglars will break into churches, homes, garages, caravans, and garden sheds to steal anything they can get their grubby little hands on. If they can't break in, they will steal the lead from the roof. Steal your gnomes from the garden, including our beloved pets. These (scumbags) ruin people's lives every second.

They will steal your soul if it was possible, just to fuel their lavish lifestyle or drug habit. Some theives, drug dealers are other criminals are forced into criminality by gangs who exploit the vulnerable.

Criminals will steal from people in their sleep, and rob them while they're awake. And to add insult to injury, if they don't have anything of value to give them, things could turn nasty.

The problem is, some criminals are similar to people with sexual fetishes or addictions. Some like stealing, (kleptomaniacs), and others enjoy fighting, while arsonists are compelled to set things on fire. There's no stoppingy them untill they are locked up or decide to stop. Even prison doesn't stop their criminality, because prisoners are well known to steal, rob and even murder fellow inmates.

The worst type of criminals are paedophiles, children and adult abusers, and people who enjoy violently attacking others (thugs). And the ultimate criminals, murderers (devils) who feel they have a right to act like God and take someone's life for their money, watch or phone, or because someone "disrespected them". That's how low and pathetic some humans have become.

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Because of these individuals and gangs, we avoid venturing out in areas at certain times in fear of being assaulted, robbed, stabbed or shot! Or having acid or other toxic chemical thrown in our faces!

Criminals come in every shape and form. They are of every colour. Young, old, male, female, rich and poor.

Terrorists: The world's worst criminals

These types of people are the worst of the worst. They don't want our property or money. They want us dead! The impact of a potential terror related incident can result in stress-related illnesses and affect our quality of life.

Because of them, we have limits as to what we can and cannot carry on planes. Intrusive searches every time we fly or enter certain public buildings. Unfortunately, you cannot reason with terrorists who have mental health issues — or have been radicalized or brainwashed. The best thing we can do is be aware and stay safe.

How the terror attack changed the world and counter-terrorism strategies

If there was no crime: What would happen to...

  • The 12 plus million people currently imprisoned worldwide in the thousands of prisons and related institutions?
  • If there was no crime, what would happen to all the prison and security guards and the staff that work in them? Will there be enough work elsewhere for everyone?
  • What would happen to the manufacturers and businesses that produce concrete, iron, steel, locks, alarms and CCTV for security purposes? Would they suffer if there was no more crime?
  • What would happen to the employment figures, the economy? I think It's too impossible for anyone to fully comprehend how life would be without crime.
Just one of the thousands of prisons throughout the World.

Just one of the thousands of prisons throughout the World.

What is the answer? Is it possible to live in a world without crime?

  • We've had crime and wars for centuries, so why does mankind continue to be so unkind? Being greedy or evil is the simplest answer!
  • When did humans first experience guilt? Knowing right from wrong?
  • Who is to blame for all the criminal behaviour we see today?
  • Are the parents who lack the discipline to blame? Should teachers, politicians and the police be more active?
  • Does the glamorisation and glorification of gangsters and criminals in films and songs encourage crime? Or is the violence in computer games contributing to some people's violent behaviour?
  • Could technology such as smart CCTV be used to deter crime before it ever happens? Only time will tell.
  • What's the solution? Harsher sentences? Capital or corporal punishment? Better education? More economic fairness, or just more security and prisons?
  • Perhaps one day, scientists may discover the part of the brain that is directly responsible for what makes someone bad and evil? Could the courts be authorised to have that part of the brain removed for persistent offenders? Should their DNA be rewired?

So many questions and not enough answers. I doubt anyone truly has them.

Criminal Nature - The Animals

It's not just humans that are dishonest. The animal kingdom has many prolific thieves.

Kleptoparasitism; an animal that steals prey or other stored food that was caught or collected by another.

  • Penguins who steal, may be fully aware they are doing something wrong.
  • The great Frigate bird and Seagulls chase other sea-birds and steal their food.
  • Squirrels are extremely skilful, they knowingly steal seeds and nuts from their squirrel neighbours.
  • Some species of monkeys use human-like behaviour to steal anything and everything they can get their hands on.

Stealing Penguins

Imagine a world where everyone is a law-abiding citizen...

No thieves, no fraudsters, no sexual or violent attacks, no robbers, no terrorists, no murderers. Yes, that sounds magnificent. In such a world, there would be no need for the Police, Army, Air force, Navy or any other of the hundreds and thousands of establishments relating to war and crime.

No need for security agencies like MI5, MI6 or the CIA or FBI. No magistrates and Crown courts, prisons or police stations, No security guards at our airports and businesses.

John Lennon - Imagine

Imagine a world where there are no assaults, neither physical nor verbal. Neither sexual nor emotional. What if there was a world where our kids could play freely and safely. Where the elderly and vulnerable would have nothing to fear. Imagine a world without jealousy, envy and greed. With people content in working hard for a living without being so materialistic and greedy, always tempted for wanting more and more by robbing and stealing,

Imagine a world without hate. Where there's only kindness and love, where children are well protected, and all countries get along. Where there is no war, no poverty. A world where people don't have to suffer at the hands of the wicked, Where there are no victims ever. No people lying and dying unnecessarily.

If the majority of people and society can live a crime-free life, why can't everyone? Nowadays, it is impossible to comprehend a world without crime. If it were possible, what a wonderful, beautiful and richer world it would be.

Be aware and keep safe.

Video: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

© 2012 Tony Sky

What's your opinion on crime and criminals

Alice Robins on June 30, 2020:

A world without crime is coming.

JESUS IS GOING TO RECREATE IT ONCE AGAIN.

A PEACEFUL, LOVING, RESPECTFUL EXISTENCE FOR ALL

Who Love HIM.

Glen on February 27, 2020:

Crime is something we need in order to keep people in employment.

Sanxuary on September 29, 2017:

You can never stop crime because people decide what a crime is. Get rid of all laws and you effectively stop crime. Can you make people moral, ethical and honest is the real quetion. Personally, its never going to happen. There are those who work for things and those who do not. Even the rich who have everything never had enough and see nothing wrong in taking more from those who have nothing. Defining the word fair and equal is not in a lot of peoples vocabulary. If you believe in God we are the lowest of spiritual maturity and this place is the basic test. I think Heaven is filled with far fewer people then we think. I also bet a lot of those people are people we never saw in a church or were they thought as being highly in this World.

anonymouse on June 13, 2017:

Theoretically there is a possibility of it but in reality no, for there to be no crime there can't be any type of negative emotions. Good (if) Bad , Bad (if) Good (imples) GOOD = BAD. Life has no value if there are no challenges. What always surprices me is that people always think that theree is a global GOOD and BAD but if you look deeper you will see everything that has a bad side always has a good side and vice versa. One exaple would be terrorism it is part of the soloution to overpopulation doesn't necceserily mean this is why people do it but it could mean, reality, sustainabbility, stabability and mental sustainability of the human race on a global scale needs it. There are thing's in life which we may not want but Life in general needs...

Not Happy! on March 14, 2014:

Someone stole my iphone today at the library. I turned my back for 2 seconds and its gone. Last week someone stole my bike from outside my house and I'm sick to the teeth of these theiving bastards. The problem we have here in the UK is the laws are far to lenient and if the punishment ws to lose a finger each time their caught, I think the theives would think twice about nicking other peoples property.

Crime is for losers. on August 16, 2013:

To hell with it and people who support it. I'd love to live in a world without crime.

I'm with rajan on a world with no crime since I'm tired of all the bad people in the world.

at rajan jolly on July 12, 2013:

thank you for typing that. because of your post, you're one of the people who i like in this hub. not those crime lovers. and so, i salute you.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 18, 2013:

I agree, this world would be a much nicer place to live if there was no crime.

Ausseye on August 19, 2012:

Hi P Smart:

Not possible ??? Alas we live with DNA directed brains

The socio-psycho-paths number but 15% but rule the world

Because we can not fathom their inhumanity

Thank humanity we can’t

But the majority have the best morality ….but alas the least control.

Just a planet in the universe of life destined to absorb it’s inhumanity of some.

Jose Misael Polanco from Los Angeles on August 08, 2012:

Not possible a world without crime... Crime calls attention to social ills so we can know what we are doing wrong and create solutions for it. Crimes are part of human nature just like any other natural need, crime has existed on both poverty and prosperity, war and peace. Also crime makes society full of diversity and therefore is healthy. Follow me, i have published several hubs about it.

Alana Bembridge from DERBY on August 08, 2012:

I agree that in some instances the moral implications to someone committing a crime can be compelling. It is hard to reason with certain crimes that have various degrees of emotional attachment whether it is in the consequence or the reasoning. If someone is forced to steal because they are starving, or kill to survive there are extenuating circumstances attributed to them crimes. For instance in times of war if you kill the enemy it is not a crime, but recent changes in the law suggest that to recklessly kill the innocent during war is. The general dilemma is that the degrees of crime differ and so do the conditions surrounding its perpetration. Therefore you are right in saying that crimes are forever changing based on societies. Generally as civilisations evolve their behaviours and attitudes change to moderate what constitutes a crime and what isn’t. Before 1991 for example rape within marriage in England was not a crime, the moral implications of such a heinous act made it possible for those subjected to such offenses to press charges. This is also because by 1991 the archaic attitudes towards women being property in regards to men during their marriage had changed, and women’s rights had been significantly reformed. Crime is subject therefore to interpretation and is continually evolving; new crimes are created as are previous ones abolished. To function in the absence of crime is a perplexing predicament and hard to envisage.

Alana Bembridge from DERBY on August 08, 2012:

I previously touched on this subject in relation to International Law; though it would be nice to imagine a place without crime I am somewhat sceptical to its existence. A person cannot fully create a utopian society, I think it would need to eliminate both prejudice, class structures, and create a truly equal nation. Adaptations of such regimes as Communism tried to create an entirely equal nation to eradicate the divide between the poor and wealthy, desirably to then end crime. Unfortunately many of these ideologies never truly come into fruition because there still needs to be a power to take control. Ultimately if there is one power the country is still not unified and thus cannot remain stable. This leads to the formation of dictatorships that jeopardises our freedom. If we want liberty and freedom then we need to balance it with order and conduct. However the sacrifice we make in our choice for freedom is crime, because there are a minority of people who cannot control their behaviour and unfortunately people suffer for the bad choices these people make.

Josak from variable on August 08, 2012:

I think not, "crime" is the subset of human progress, all the revolutionary ideas started out being crimes, democracy, questioning the divine right to rule, throwing off oppression, resistance to violent governments there are good crimes and bad crimes, "crime" is simply whatever we consider to be bad in this particular point in history, there was a time when homosexuality was a crime punishable by death as was pre-marital sex and in the future our crimes will no longer be crimes in many instances.

Our founding fathers were called terrorists too. I think the world would probably be worse off without crime. Now certain crimes sure, but even then, should the person with the starving family not steal? Should the person fighting fro freedom not kill? It's a frightening manipulable world where everyone obeys the law.

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