Crimes Against Property Law and Legal Definition

Crime against property means a crime that destroys or deprives an owner of property against the owner's will. These crimes are considered less serious than violent crimes, or crimes against persons. For example, arson and vandalism are crimes against property. In the earlier times, there was only one kind of crime against property, i.e. larceny. And the punishment for larceny at that time was death. However, nowadays death sentence is not awarded for larceny because life and liberty are valued above property and no crime against property is considered serious enough to impose the death penalty.