Speaking about Crime: 30 Questions

Updated: Apr 1

In this lesson, we will speak about crime and punishment.



  1. Do you think your country is a safe place to live?

  2. Are some parts of this city considered more dangerous than others? Which parts?

  3. Are there any places you are afraid to visit because of the high crime rate? If so, where?

  4. Are there problems with drugs where you live?

  5. Are you apprehensive about walking outside after dark?

  6. Do you always lock your house? How about your car?

  7. Do you know anyone who has been mugged?

  8. Do you know someone who has been a victim of a violent crime?

  9. Have you ever witnessed a crime?

  10. Do you think there is a link between drugs and crime?

  11. Do you think people who use illegal drugs should be put in jail?

  12. Which punishment do you think is more severe, the death penalty or life imprisonment?

  13. Is there a death penalty in your country?

  14. Do you think that the death penalty would prevent crime in your country? Why or why not?

  15. Does prison help rehabilitate criminals? Should it?

  16. Do you think that punishment for violent crimes should be the same for juveniles and adults?

  17. What makes some people become criminals? Is it poverty, upbringing, lack of education, unemployment, or something else?

  18. In what situations would you think of committing a crime?

  19. If a person steals a loaf of bread because he needs to feed his starving family, should he be punished?

  20. Have you ever done anything illegal? If so, what did you do?

  21. What crimes do you think will increase in the future?

  22. What do you think is the worst crime a person could commit? Why?

  23. If your friend has committed a serious crime, how would you act?

  24. What kinds of crime are most common in your country?

  25. What are the penalties for these crimes?

  26. What are some things that are legal that you personally think should be illegal?

  27. What crimes have you heard about recently in the news?

  28. What are some things people can do to protect themselves from crime?

  29. Do you think the police in your country do a good job of preventing crime and catching criminals?

  30. What do you think could be done better in your country with regards to crime?

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