Property Crime Law & Legal Definition


Property crime is a category of crime in which the person who commits the crime seeks to do damage to or derive an unlawful benefit or interest from another’s property without using force or threat of force. Property crimes are often high-volume crimes. Property crime includes burglary, theft, arson, larceny, shoplifting, and vandalism. Robbery is not included as a property crime since it involves use of force or threat of force, and therefore classified as a violent crime. Property crime is also termed as crime against property.