Property crime is one of the most common types of crimes committed in Mississippi. In fact, in 2008, there were 86,408 instances of crimes against property. And the statistics indicate that this disturbing trend is likely to continue throughout 2009 and into 2010.
Property crimes are very serious offenses in Mississippi. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most common types of crimes committed throughout the state. Crimes involving property is broad category that includes any sort of offense that involves damage private or public property. Some of the most common crimes in Mississippi include:
* Arson: arson is a well known type of crime in Mississippi that involves setting an intentional setting or attempt to set a fire in order to destroy or deface property. Many arson crimes are also part of a grander scheme, for instance setting a fire in order to collect on insurance money.
* Shoplifting: this common crime is the theft of property from a retail establishment without paying for it. Although many stores and shops in Mississippi have developed anti-shoplifting procedures, it remains one of the most common crimes in Lee County.
* Burglary: Commonly referred to as breaking and entering, burglary is the willful entering or remaining in the property of another to commit a crime. Although the most common crime committed during a burglary in northeastern Mississippi is larceny/theft, virtually any other crime against property or people can occur during such a situation.
* Theft/Larceny: The simplest of all property crimes, these two similar offences involve the taking and/or removal of someone else’s property without their permission.
* Vandalism: Graffiti, defacement, smashing windows, all fall under vandalism. Virtually anything that causes a diminishment of value or use of public or private property can be considered vandalism.
Each of these crimes carries a serious penalty in Mississippi. The current economic situation throughout the Southeast, as well as the nation at large, creates a climate for property crime to thrive. The disparity of wealth in certain locations makes it difficult for people to make wise choices, or often drive them into decisions that they, under normal circumstances would never have considered.
Mississippi property crime law is very complicated and difficult to interpret. What can start as a simple misunderstanding can quickly spiral into a life-changing event that has dire consequences. The best way to protect yourself from being caught in up in a situation beyond your control is to do your best to understand the law, but if you are facing charges for property crimes in Mississippi consult a dedicated and experience property crime attorney without delay.