WHAT’S A CRIME?

Let’s take a look in this lesson at the different types of crimes.

In the simplest terms, a crime can be committed against a person or property, against someone or something.

The keywords of the lesson have been highlighted in bold.  They should be practiced and learnt.

One of the most common crimes committed is stealing something which does not belong to us.

Stealing is theft, no two ways about it and if you take it, you are a thief.

Shoplifting is a form of theft, taking or lifting something from a shop shelf without having the intention to pay for it.

Easy pickings you might think but not with so many security cameras, cctv surveillance about the place, presence of store detectives and electronic price tagging of goods.

Hands up who is not afraid of being mugged in the street by an offender who sees opportunity to take your money, your bag or your cellphone?

Or who has not been a victim in some shape or form of having something taken from you by a pickpocket while travelling on public transport or while congregated in a crowded area?

Literally, the act of having something picked out of your pocket without you knowing it.

The enterprise of the pickpocket is never better typified than in Charles Dickens’ book and later film ‘Oliver Twist’ set in victorian London.

I have a confession to make.  I stole apples from the trees in the orchard near to my house. as a ten year old kid.  Actually I got caught by the orchard owner who dunked my head in a barrel of water.

Did my punishment fit the crime?

Anyway, I can honestly say, hand on my heart, that I have never broken in and burgled a house, nor have I ever robbed anyone or anything, though films like ‘Now You See Me’ lead me to border-line temptation.

Robbery is much more serious than Burglary because it involves violence and so therefore hurt and injury to another person while committing the act of theft.

Alas, we have all watched films about bank robberies and art or gold bullion heists.c

Assault is, unfortunately, commonplace and again I ask; hands up who has not been threatened or been beaten up by the school bully in childhood?

Killing someone, taking life, is a whole different ‘ball game’ and an offender can expect a long prison sentence for the crime if you are convicted.

Few countries these days apply corporal punishment for the most serious of crimes such as terrorism, treason, murder, rape or fraud but hanging, beheading, lethal injection, the electric chair and being shot are still practised.

A criminal may be gulty of causing damage to property by an act of arson, graffiti defacing or vandalism.  Setting fire to a building, breaking a window, writing on a door, window or other structure, destroying a book, can all be considered as examples as criminal damage.

All crimes are, of course, illegal acts and therefore fundamentally wrong.

It does not mean, however, that all crimes merit or deserve punishment to the Court.

Some crimes are so petty, the offender is likely to be let-off with just a caution, ticking-off or a warning and perhaps a clip of the ear!

Accidents happen, accepted and we do not always have intention to do something wrong.

As a final footnote to this lesson, my message is to live by the letter of the law and do not break the law or accept the consequences.

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