The 40 crimes you may have committed this year

You might be shocked to find out how often you are breaking the law

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40 crimes you may be committing every day

Do you consider yourself to be a fine, law-abiding citizen? This may surprise you.

Even if you believe you are always doing the right thing and would be shocked at any unlawful behaviour, the chances are you are a serial 'criminal'.

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A survey has found that the average Brit commits around 32 different 'crimes' every year, Gloucestershire Live reports.

These could include cycling without lights in the dark, taking a shopping bag without paying for it, or using someone's Wi-Fi without them knowing.

It also found two thirds of the population think many of these laws are completely unnecessary – although seven in ten admit they do feel guilty if they break them. Interestingly, 98 per cent consider themselves to be law abiding.

The study of 2,000 UK adults was commissioned to celebrate the airing of Better Call Saul on BT TV shown on Tuesdays at 9pm..

A BT TV spokesperson added: "Given Jimmy's fast and loose approach to the law and to celebrate the network premiere of his show 'Better Call Saul' we wanted to look at the old and archaic laws he could cunningly take advantage of.

"The research also shows there's definitely a market need for his services as Brits are not as law-abiding as we might think... he might have just got here in time."

The research, carried out by OnePoll, also revealed Saturday at 1.52pm is the day and time people are most likely to break the law.

Almost half of people said being caught doing something illegal would be enough to convince them not to do it again.

Sixty per cent of respondents said it bothers them when they see others breaking the law – even if it's something relatively small.

On average, UK adults spot people doing something they shouldn't four times a day – although just ten per cent would ever confront the offender.

The top 40 'small' laws broken

1. Drank alcohol under the age of 18

2. Sworn or gestured to other road users

3. Eaten or drank whilst driving

4. Vacuumed between the hours of 6pm & 8am on a weekday or 1pm & 8am on a Saturday or on a Sunday

5. Parked partly on a pavement

6. Cycled on pavements

Credits: Toronto Star

Cycling on the pavement is a no-no

7. Speeding whilst driving

8. Pocketed change when given wrong amount

9. Beeped a horn for any reason other than alerting traffic

10. Been drunk on the street, in a pub or in a restaurant

11. Changed a CD whilst driving

12. Had sex in a public place

13. Bought cigarettes under the age of 18

14. Dropped litter

15. Taken illegal drugs

16. Disturbed people by ringing their doorbells / knocking at their doors and leaving before being answered (or playing knock, knock, ginger - also known as known down ginger)

17. Not worn a seatbelt during a car journey

18. Flown a kite in a park

19. Used a fake name on the internet

20. Stuck a postage stamp upside down

21. Used a mobile phone while driving

Credits: Photographer's Choice

Have you used your phone while driving?

22. Cycled without lights after dark

23. Parked on double yellow lines

24. Driven through a red light

25. Not paid for a carrier bag at a self-service check-out

26. Had sex when you were under 16 years of age

27. Not had a TV licence and watched TV

28. Used someone else's Wi-Fi without them knowing

29. Smoked in a non-smoking area

30. Thrown tree cuttings back over your neighbours' garden

31. Claimed an item at the self-service till without paying for it

32. Taken a child out of school for a holiday - without the head teacher's permission

33. Not informed the DVLA of a change of name or address

34. Not cleaned up after your dog has pooed on the street/public path

35. Cycled through a red light

36. Fiddled your expenses

37. Sung or chanted a crude football chant in the street

38. Gone fishing without a license

39. Parked opposite a junction

40. Put make-up on while driving


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