IELTS Writing / Speaking: Crime topic


Here is a topic I gave it to my students the other day to let them practice at home.

Crime is a problem all over the world and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. To what extent to you agree or disagree?

Most IELTS writing / speaking topics are about social issues, so just think rationally and narrow down your topic, and you will have tons of good ideas. You can't get a high score for IELTS writing task 2 if you don't have good ideas about the question topic.

When I looked at this question, a saying automatically jumped into my head and that was “He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.”

The term for not stopping someone from doing something is “tacit approval” or saying that you don’t care enough to stop them. Whether from fear or apathy, the end result is the same. They do it, and you do not stop them. You have encouraged them. That’s not a good thing.

Why is daring to stand up to criminals important?

Let’s start with the obvious. If they are armed or you are in serious danger, don’t be stupid. This quote isn’t about getting killed or maimed. It is about doing something about the crime. It could be as simple as phoning in a tip or taking a picture or video recording. With today’s cell phones, it’s not difficult to do any of those things.

But few people start with armed robbery or murder. They usually start with much smaller, less dangerous crimes. If we can prevent or stop the crimes at that stage, there is a chance that they will either turn from that pattern of crime, or spend enough time locked away from society that the greater good is served.

Your actions, or lack thereof, may have little or no impact on you at that point, but there is always tomorrow. Who will be the next victim of crime? There are also trends. When taggers see a wall not cleaned promptly, they seem to come back more and more often, encouraged by the lack of action.

As an example, for a while in Melbourne City, gang violence was rampant. It was assumed nothing could be done. I believe that an example could be made of anyone and everyone, and crime was prevented at every opportunity.

In the work place, prevention training about shoplifting or stealing office supplies might change the situation. If your employer has an ethics training class, you’ve probably already dealt with some of these concepts already.

Prevention of the first education-oriented
Youth in the juvenile delinquency distressing, apart from heartbreaking to watch, what we think? What should we do?

Adolescence, because of their specific psychological and physiological characteristics, therefore, are often emotionally unstable, easily impulse control is weak, the rich risk, lack of proper ability to judge right and wrong, it is vulnerable to external bad habits of. To effectively prevent youth crime, the most critical is the need to strengthen families, the school's educational function.

Fortunately, most of us don’t live in places where preventing crime, whether directly or indirectly, is likely to cost us our lives. However, we must be careful, as there are no ‘save games’ or do-overs. Do what you can, when you can, but you have an obligation to your health and well-being as well.

But, as a member of society, we have certain obligations to each-other. If the thieves and robbers knew they were taking on a whole neighborhood, they might think twice before trying to mug someone, right? That is the point, just like early tribes banded together against the wolves and other predators.

We haven’t even touched the issue of just and unjust laws, and how our values and perceptions feed into how we classify them. But if we see harm being done to another person, or that which is theirs, I believe we have an obligation to render assistance.

If we do nothing, not only have we not prevented the crime, but we have emboldened the criminal, who just got away with their crime. That’s not a good feeling for those of us who try to obey the laws and do well instead of harm.

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