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


Is it possible? Why can't it be possible for all civilians to live a crime-free life. Is that too much to ask for?


Crime affects us all. We all carry keys, right? When was the last time you locked your home or car or inputted passwords to stop someone from 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 bags, phones, and of course, keys?

But that's nothing as to how crime affects each and every one of us. We pay extra because of theft as a result. Prices are higher, and insurance premiums inflated.

Kleptomania: The recurrent urge to steal items.

Just one of the thousands of prisons throughout the World.

Just one of the thousands of prisons throughout the World.

How Crime Affects Us - Everyday

There are thousands of ways thieves and fraudsters scam us, sometimes for years without us even knowing! Being scammed or robbed can be devastating, especially when the loss of sentimental items are stolen, and lives ruined by mindless criminals.

Thieves are not just strangers; Friends, family, cleaners, the nanny and builders will steal your personal belongings. Some are 'milkers' — those sneaky thieves who steal small amounts of money from your wallets and purse for years. Just enough for you to not notice. Even shop workers will deliberately over-charge or short-change you.

Criminals, as well as shop-employees, will steal stock from retail shops. Businesses become bankrupt. It makes the things we buy cost more.

Criminals break into our homes stealing irreplaceable valuables, heirlooms and sentimental items. They ruin someone's life every second of each day.

Hard-working shopkeepers who work all day and night, 7 days a week to create a family business can have their lives and business destroyed in a blink of an eye by thieves who have no morals, respect or moral compass.

In this day and age, criminals are becoming more, aggressive, violent and deceitful with no compassion for their fellow human beings. In the old days, robbers used their guns to order their victims to hand over their money and jewels. Today criminals will either beat up, stab, or shoot their victims before robbing them while they lay injured or dying.

Even the rich and successful business people who are worth billions resort to white-collar crime (fraud) to steal more millions.

Gang Violence, Brutal Attacks & Armed Robbers

The Internet Fraudsters

We need passwords, anti-virus, spyware and firewalls to prevent anyone from stealing our identities -— to keep us safe from the 'Internet fraudsters/scammers' who sit at home trying to steal our money. It's absurd, and all because of greedy criminals.

Then there are the fraudsters who sell fake, dangerous products without any care in the world for our health or safety, just to line their deep and never-ending greedy pockets.

And the online robbers who charge you for items you've purchased from a fake website that has no merchandise.

Terrorism - The World's Biggest Threat

One of the worst types of criminals is terrorists, aka cold-blooded killers who destroy lives. We're always being warned about the possible attacks that could happen at any time.

Because of terrorism, we cannot fly to another country without invasive and intrusive X-rays and searches. Limits and restrictions as to what we can and cannot carry through customs. Having our personal property searched for explosives or dangerous weapons has become part of our everyday life.

Why has the UK become a major target for terror?

Police numbers have been reduced over the years when in this day and age, we need even more to help combat the rise of terrorism and other serious crimes until the day comes when criminals can live a crime-free life.

War - What Is It Good For?

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

  • The 11 plus million people presently imprisoned worldwide in the thousands of prisons and related institutions?
  • If there was no crime, what would happen to all the 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.

Who is to blame for all the criminal behaviour we see today?


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? That's the billion-dollar question'. Greed is the simplest answer!
  • When did humans first experience guilt? Knowing right from wrong?
  • What's the solution? Harsher sentences? Capital or corporal punishment? Better education? More economic fairness or just more security and prisons?
  • Are the parents who lack the discipline to blame? Or does the responsibility lie with their children? Should school, politicians and the police be more active?
  • Does the glamorisation and glorification of gangsters and criminals in film and songs encourage crime! Or violence in computer games contributing to criminal and violent behaviour?
  • Could scientists discover the part of the brain that is responsible for what makes someone bad and evil? Could the courts be authorised to have 'that part' of the brain removed for persistent offenders? Could their DNA be rewired?
  • Could sophisticated technology be used to deter crime before it ever happens? Only time will tell.

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 criminals.

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

  • Penguins who steal knowing full well 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/paws on.

Stealing Penguins

Imagine a world where everyone was law-abiding citizens...

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 the 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 greed. With people content in working hard for a living without being so materialistic and greedy and always wanting bigger and better by robbing and stealing.

A world without hate, where there's only kindness and love, where children are well protected and countries can all 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, and where nature alone has the right to take a life. Imagine that!

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

Video: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

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What's your opinion on crime and criminals

Alice Robins on June 30, 2020:

A world without crime is coming.



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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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