victimless crime

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vic·tim·less crime

An illegal act that results in no identifiable person being directly harmed.

victimless crime

(Law) a type of crime, such as insurance fraud, regarded by some people as being excusable because the victim is the state or an organization, rather than an individual

vic′tim•less crime′

(ˈvɪk təm lɪs)
a legal offense, as prostitution or gambling, to which participating parties have consented.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.victimless crime - an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victimsvictimless crime - an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims; "he considers prostitution to be a victimless crime"
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
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"Some people may see this as a victimless crime but they are wrong.
Hertfordshire council's David Williams said: "People often think insurance is a victimless crime but it generates enormous costs that are borne by the public."
PC Nicola Owen, from Barry police station, said: "Theft from shops is not a victimless crime.
Supt Rich Baker said: "Most people wrongly believe that shoplifting is a victimless crime, whereas our experience tells us that almost three quarters of all people brought into custody and test positive for drugs have been arrested on suspicion of thefts from shops or market stalls.