Religion, Crime and Punishment – TYPES OF CRIME

Types of Crime

Within the UK there are two kinds of law:

 

  • Bye Laws – apply to local areas eg parking restrictions or alcohol free zones
  • Parliamentary Laws – made by the central government and apply to everyone.

Non-indictable offences would include things such as driving offences and indictable offences would include things such as murder and other more serious crimes.

 

Crime can also be categorized into three main areas:

  • Crimes against the person – eg murder, theft or hate crime
  • Crimes against property – eg car theft or burglary
  • Crimes against the State – eg terrorism or selling state secrets

 

It is very difficult to say which type of crime is the worst. Some may argue that it is crime against the person as the after effects can last a lifetime. Others would say that crimes against the State such as terrorism are worse as they endanger and potentially kill large numbers of innocent civilians. In relation to property, cars etc can be replaced but what about property such as family jewellery that has significant personal value?

 

Exam Tip – Try to have reasons why some would argue that each type of crime is the worst

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