This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well.
I was involved in a crime and almost got killed, but I was able to escape death by the skin of my teeth.
The police raced to the crime scene after the phone call.
The reason crime among youths is increasing is because kids like that get bigger but they don’t change. Don’t you think?