This text makes a very good definition of property, I can say that it is really the first time I have looked at it this way; (text)“To understand crimes against property, you must first understand what property is. Property consists of a bundle of rights, including the right to possess, use and enjoy, and dispose of something. It is not a material object itself, but a person’s right to do what he or she wishes with that object, subject to limitations provided in the law.” Therefore, crime against property is anything that violates the principal of another’s ownership of said property.
The major crimes are Arson, Burglary, Embezzlement, Forgery, Malicious Mischief, Phishing, Robbery, and Theft. When I moved to Arizona over 5 years ago I found that Phoenix was the car theft capital of the nation. Cars were stolen for two reasons, first and most common was to drive to Mexico and go to a chop house. Second was larger vehicles such a closed vans and large SUVs would be driven back to the Mexico border, loaded with illegal’s and drugs then driven back to a drop house in Phoenix. SUVs and four wheelers were use to get across the desert at night. If they broke down or ran out of gas they were abandoned. Bill Montgomery became the head of the vehicle theft task force of the Maricopa county attorney general’s office. With his forging an alliance with County Attorney, Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpio, Phoenix went from 1st place to 40th place in three years.
(Davenport. Basic Criminal Law: The Constitution, Procedure, and Crimes, 2nd Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions 8.3.1).