Property Crime

Richard Wright and Scott Jacques

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Property Crime

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Property crime has been defined in a variety of ways. A typical definition mirrors that of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, which defines property crime as the taking of property without physical force or threats. But in the real world, property crime sometimes does entail violence. Although not standard, the broadest and simplest definition of property crime is as follows: illegal activity involving the transfer or destruction of property, including money, cars, jewelry, shoes, drugs, or other forms of wealth, whether or not violence is used or threatened in doing so. The value of not excluding violent forms of theft from the definition of property crime is that it broadens our focus but simplifies our subject matter. There are different kinds of property crime, including violent, fraudulent, stealthy, destructive, and entrepreneurial. Defined thusly, examples of property crime include robbery, kidnapping, carjacking, tax evasion, fraud, burglary, auto theft, shoplifting, vandalism, arson, fencing, and illegal drug trade. This bibliography reviews some of the key data sources, theories, research, and policy discussions for understanding the distribution, causes, and consequences of property crime.

Article.  6068 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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