Verbs to Use with Crime

Band 7+ VerbsSimple Way
Commit crime/Carry out crimeDo a crime
Deter crime/Prevent crimeStop crime
Control crime/Cut crimeReduce crime
Combat crime/Tackle crimeFight crime
Be driven to/Turn to crimeStart crime for a reason
Example sentence: He was driven to crime because of his poor financial situation.

Small/Big Crimes

Lesser/minor/petty crimes

major/serious/vicious/brutal crimes


Crime wave

Crime statistics

Crime rate

Crime prevention

1) He believes the police are overstretched and are unable to stop the recent __________

2) According to the latest  ___________, over 70% of all criminals are male.

3) We need a positive programme of _______________

4) The __________ has fallen by 10% since last year in New York.

Phrases with Crime

The criminal justice system

A crackdown on crime-a serious attempt to reduce the amount of crime

Crime and punishment

A life of crime

The punishment should fit the crime

The punishment doesn’t fit the crime

Crime is prevalent- e.g. Crime is prevalent in New York especially during the night.

Criminality (noun) behaviour that is forbidden by the law

Criminal (noun) a person who has committed a crime

Criminal (adj) relating to crime     e.g. criminal damage

Synonyms for Crime (Noun)

Unlawful act


Illegal act

Infraction/breach/violation of the law


Other Words linked to Crime

Rehabilitation-restoring someone to normal life

Victim-a person harmed as a result of a crime

jail/prison/detention centre/correctional facility

Juvenile delinquency-the problem of young people who are not yet adults committing crime.

Reoffend-to commit crime again 

Synonyms for Put in Jail



Lock up

Take into custody

Alternatives to Criminal Sentence


A suspended sentence

Home arrest-curfew-electronic tag

Community Service

Death penalty


Example IELTS Writing Questions (Use these two questions to practice the new vocabulary you have learnt) 

Some people think that prison is the best place for criminals, others believe there are better ways to deal with them.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Many criminals commit further crimes as soon as they are released from prison. What do you think are the causes of this? What possible solutions can you suggest?

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6 months ago

Very useful,cheers for your effort

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