According to the federal government's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, more than 10.3 million property crimes were committed in 2004 alone. Of these property crimes 1.6 million people were arrested for committing property crimes. This program includes the crimes of burglary, larceny (also called theft ), motor vehicle theft (including carjacking ), and arson as property crimes. While arson does not involve the stealing of one's property, it is a considered a property crime because it involves the destruction of another's property.
In addition to these criminal offenses, this section will also include information about employee theft, shoplifting, and receiving and concealing stolen property. Crimes of property can involve tangible property or intellectual property. Counterfeiting, fraud, identity theft, and other forms of white collar crime may involve intellectual property crimes.
Property crimes are considered serious criminal offenses which are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you or a loved one has been charged with a property crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area.
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