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1 Read the title of the text and the headings below. What do you think the text is about? Q Listen, read and check.
A NASTY ATTACK
B UNLUCKY MUGGERS
C FRAUD VICTIM
D CAUGHT IN THE ACT
E COMMON TRICK
2 Read again and match each posting (1-4) with a heading (A-F). There is one heading that you do not need to use. Which words/phrases helped you to find the answers?
3 Match the underlined words/phrases with their meanings: got into by force; trusting/easily tricked; small/minor; take someone's attention away from something; was deceived; recently; in shock; remove it with a cloth; unexpectedly. Then explain the words in bold.
Crime & the law
4 Use words from the text to complete the table.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE VICTIM OF A CRIME?
Tue Oct 26 16:34:06
A couple of months ago, received a letter out of the blue saying I'd won a prize in an international lottery. I couldn't even remember buying a ticket! Anyway, I contacted the people the letter was from, who asked me to send them a 'fee' to process my winnings. Like an idiot, I fell for it and sent them the money. I realised it was a scam when I didn't hear from them again. So basically, the 'prizes' don't exist. These terrible fraudsters are just trying to trick gullible people (like me!) into sending them money. The police say they've been investigating this crime for a while now, but they haven't found the culprits yet.
Mon Nov 1 09:03:12
Burglars recently broke into our house while we were sleeping upstairs! My sister and I heard a noise, so we woke up our dad, who called the police. By the time the police arrived, though, the burglars had gone. While we were checking what they had taken, a neighbour reported a burglary at their house too. The police caught them red- handed! My dad's got to give evidence in court in a few weeks!
b Which of the crimes is most serious? Compare with a partner, for which of these crimes would someone:
• go to court • pay a fine • go to prison
• get off with a warning • do community service
5 Choose the correct words. Check in the Word List.
1 Adam has got to go to court for a driving offence/crime.
Perhaps you've been taken for a ride by a con artist or been the victim of some other petty crime? Or maybe the crime was something more serious? Let's see what our readers say.
Thur Oct 28 11:14:32
I used to think crime was just something that happened to other people until I got mugged on the way home from school last year. The attacker just came out of nowhere, threatened me with a knife, grabbed my mobile phone and ran away. Fortunately, I was able to identify the mugger from a photo at the police station. He was a well-known criminal in the area, so the police knew where to find him. Anyway, he confessed to the crime, the police arrested him, and he received a two-year prison sentence! I was shaken up and bruised, but it could have been a lot worse. I even got my phone back!
Sat Oct 30 20:11:54
I was out shopping in the town centre when suddenly, something that looked like bird mess landed on my shoulder! Immediately, a so-called passer by appeared with a cloth to wipe it off. It wasn't until I reached for my wallet to buy something that I realised it had been stolen. When I reported the crime to the police, I was told that this has been happening a lot lately. These people are professional pickpockets, who use any means they can to distract their victims!
2 The burglars were arrested and taken/driven to court.
3 It's unlawful/illegal to trespass on private property.
4 The judge announced/found him guilty of murder.
5 The murderer received a life sentence/ imprisonment.
6 There were no witnesses/suspects to the accident.
6 Complete the exchanges with the verbs below in the correct tense/form.
• arrest • appear • confess • chase • pay
• get • let • find • make • sentence
• convict • break
1 A: Have you ever......... the law?
B: Well, I once had to............ a fine for speeding!
2 A: Did the man..........to the burglary?
B: Yes, the police have .............him and he's .......... in court on Thursday.
3 A: So the thieves didn't...........away with the robbery then?
B: No, they didn't. The security guards ............ after them, so they didn't manage to .............off with the money.
4 A: Did the judge ............ the man guilty of dangerous driving?
B: Yes, but he ...... him off with just a heavy fine.
5 A: Is it true that your neighbour has just been ...... of fraud?
B: Yes, he has been.............to ten years in prison.
7 Continue the story. Use these words: out of the blue, mug, grab, attack, threaten, identify, criminal
Think! What does the proverb mean? Do you agree with it? Why/Why not?
! Words of Wisdom
Crime doesn't pay.
Английский язык. 11 класс : учеб. для общеобразоват. учреждений / [О.В. Афанасьева, Дж.Дули, И.В. Михеева и др.]. - 2-е изд., доп. и перераб. - М.: Express Publishing : Просвещение, 2009. - 244 с. : ил. - (Английский в фокусе).
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