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

Updated on July 14, 2018
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Is it possible to live in a crime-free World? I don't know. I just wish people were decent, honest and respectable. Is that too much to ask?


We all carry keys, right? When was the last time you locked your home or car? Or in-putted passwords to stop someone from hacking into our accounts? We have to always keep an eye on our belongings such as bags, phone, and of course, keys? But that's nothing as to how crime affects us. We pay extra on a daily basis because of theft. As a result, prices are higher, and insurance premiums inflated.

Table Of Contents

How Crime Affects Us - Everyday
Video: War - What Is It Good For?
If there was no crime.
Who is to blame?
What is the answer?
Video. Stealing Penguins.
Criminal Nature - The Animals.
Video: John Lennon - Imagine.
Imagine a world where everyone was law-abiding citizens.
Video: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World.
Poll. Would you like to bring back capital punishment?

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

Friends, family, cleaners, the nanny and even strangers will steal our personal belongings. Some are milkers, stealing small amounts of money from our wallets and purses for years. Shop workers deliberately over-changing or short-changing us. Employees 'and' criminals alike stealing stock from retail shops, ruining and in some cases, bankrupting businesses which in turn, makes the things we buy cost even more. Then there are white-collar criminals who are worth billions who still feel the need to steal millions.

The Internet fraudsters who sit at home scamming us. They steal our identities. When online, we need passwords to keep us safe, including anti-virus spyware and firewalls. It's absurd, and all because of greedy criminals.

Then there's the fraudsters who will sell us fake, dangerous products without any care of our health or safety, just to line there never ending greedy pockets.

Terrorism - The World's Biggest Threat

The worst kind of criminals are terrorists, aka cold-blooded killers who destroys peoples lives on a daily basis. We're always being warned about the possible attacks that could happen any time. We cannot fly to another country without invasive security checks, intrusive X-Rays and searches - limits and restrictions as to what we can and cannot carry through customs - having our personal property searched and scanned for explosives or dangerous weapons and it's not getting any easier.

The Police who risk their lives each day to protect us has had their numbers reduced over the years which is bizarre because, In this day and age, we need the police, even more, to help combat the rise of terrorism and all other serious crimes until a day comes where people can live a crime-free life.

War - What Is It Good For?

If there was no crime: What would happen to.

  • The 10 plus million people presently imprisoned worldwide in the thousands of prisons and related institutions?
  • What would happen to all the guards and personnel that work in them now do for work? 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?
  • 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 any crime.

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

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

  • We've had crime and wars for centuries, so how did mankind become so unkind, and continue to be so? That's the billion dollar question.
  • When did humans first experience guilt? or have we evolved and acquired a conscious and knowing right from wrong?
  • What's the solution? Harsher sentences? Capital punishment? Better education? More economic fairness or just more security?
  • Could sophisticated technology be used to deter crime before it ever happens? Only time will tell.
  • Could scientists discover the part of the brain that is responsible for someone's badness and evil, and could the courts be authorised to have it removed for persistent offenders? - could their DNA be rewired? So many questions and not enough answers. I doubt anyone truly has them
  • Is it the parents who lack the discipline to blame, or does the responsibility lie with their children? Should schools, politicians and the police be more active and responsibility?
  • I know the glamorisation and glorification of gangsters and criminals in movies and songs does not help! Or the violence in computer games?

Criminal Nature - The Animals

It's not just humans that are dishonest. In the animal kingdom has many prolific criminals. Penguins, (video below) will steal knowing full well they are doing something wrong. The great Frigatebird and Gulls chases 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

John Lennon - Imagine

Imagine a world where everyone was law-abiding citizens

If there were 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, Airforce, 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, businesses and borders.

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. The elderly and vulnerable would have nothing to fear. Imagine a world without greed, people content in working hard for a living without being so materialistic and greedy, and always wanting bigger and better. A world without hate, where there's only kindness and love, where children are well protected and where 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? Personally, I find it impossible to comprehend a world without crime but, if it were to come about, what a wonderful, beautiful and richer world this would be...right !?

Video: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

In your opinion, will crime get better or worse?

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© 2012 Tony T

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      14 months ago

      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.

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      18 months ago

      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...

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      2 years ago

      i like it

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      Not Happy! 

      4 years ago

      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.

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      Crime is for losers. 

      5 years ago

      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.

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      at rajan jolly 

      5 years ago

      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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

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

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      6 years ago

      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.

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      Jose Misael Polanco 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      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.

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      Alana Warren 

      6 years ago from Derby

      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.

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      Alana Warren 

      6 years ago from Derby

      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.

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      6 years ago from variable

      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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