IELTS crime vocabulary with example sentences and a model answer.

In IELTS writing task 2 there are various topics that come up, such as The Environment, Family, Society, Work, Technology, Robotics, Education, Food and Diet, Health, Sports and sometimes Crime. The topic of crime is difficult for many students as there is so much vocabulary surrounding this.

When learning new words you should always learn how the words collocate in a sentence. Research has shown that when learning a new language the best method is to learn set phrases and ‘chunks of language’ not single word lists. When learning new phrases practice making sentences with them to see how they look in context. 

To see an IELTS essay model answer on the topic of ‘crime’ click the blue button below and make note of any new words you find.

Some people think that the best way to reduce crime is to give longer prison sentences. Others, however, believe there are better alternative ways of reducing crime.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Some argue that longer jail terms are the most effective way to lower the crime rate, while others think that it is possible to reduce criminal offenses using different methods. This essay argues that serious criminals should serve longer prison time because society needs to be protected from dangerous criminals.

On the one hand, some people believe that prolonged incarceration is necessary for people who commit terrible crimes in order to reduce the crime rate, and I completely agree with this view. This is because serious criminals such as murders, rapists, or violent offenders need to be kept away from society for as long as possible. If they are released early they will most likely re-offend and go on to commit terrible acts. For instance, data from a London police think tank showed that crime rates of developed countries, which have very long prison sentences or the death penalty for murder, are considerably lower than those with lenient sentences.

On the other hand, there is an argument that relying on sentencing to longer incarceration periods is not effective in lowering crime. In other words, society should find ways to tackle the issue of re-offending. To illustrate this, a recent study from the UK Government indicated that most ex-inmates tend to re-offend because they cannot integrate back into society. Hence, they need support such as education and job training to rebuild their life rather than spending years behind bars. I believe that helping them is essential to stop them from re-offending, however, heavier penalties for serious crimes must not be overlooked.

In conclusion, although there are differing views on reducing crime, I believe keeping hardened criminals in jail for extended periods is essential to deter them from going back into society and endangering public safety.

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