Property, Corporate, and Government Crime

  • Stuart Palmer
  • John A. Humphrey


The various forms of stealing constitute property crime. The most prevalent are burglary and larceny. Burglary refers to unlawful entry into a residence or place of business in order to commit a theft. Usually doors or windows or other points of access are forced in some way. Larceny is theft without force or fraud. Shoplifting, purse snatching, pickpocketing, and theft of vehicles are major forms. Grand larceny refers to theft of items of higher value, often $100 or more, while petit larceny involves theft of items of lesser value. In most jurisdictions, burglary and grand larceny are considered felonies and petit larceny a misdemeanor. Robbery, it will be recalled, is both a property and a violent crime: force or the threat of force is used against an individual in order to steal money or goods from that person. In other words, force is used against a structure in burglary, against a person in robbery, and not at all in larceny.


Violent Crime Property Crime Corporate Crime Auto Theft Success Goal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart Palmer
    • 1
  • John A. Humphrey
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

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