Property Crimes – Non-Violent Intent to Deprive the Owner of Their Property

Property crimes have been always a central problem in every society and culture throughout the history. Property crimes consist of taking someone else’s money or property without using force.


Property crimes include:

  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Arson
  • Larceny
  • Shoplifting
  • Vandalism


Robbery is not regarded as a property crime, because it involves the use of force or threat of force, that’s why it is categorized as violent crime.

According to the FBI Crime Statistics there were in 2012,  8,975,438 property crimes with $15,5 billion calculated damages.

Property crime of theft of property occurs when:

  1. the person obtains knowingly or has unauthorized control over the property of someone else and has the intent to deprive the owner of his/her property
  2. knowingly obtains control over the property of another by deception with the intent to deprive the owner of their property
  3. knowingly obtains control over the property that has been stolen


The value of the stolen property determines whether the crime is classified as a felony or a misdemeanor and the penalties or fines that are assessed by the court. If you need legal advise, don’t hesitate to contact our lawyers to receive best help and defense. Our lawyers will be interested to work with you so you have nothing to loose with us.

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