What Is a Non-Violent Crime?

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A non-violent crime is any crime that does not involve the use of force or cause injury to another person. Non-violent crimes are often judged in terms of property damage or loss to the victim.

Non-violent crimes cover a wide range of offenses. The most common non-violent crimes are property crimes, such as theft and larceny. Other examples of non-violent crimes are fraud, arson, prostitution, bribery and crimes involving the use of drugs and alcohol.

Violent crimes are offenses that involve physical injury to other people. Examples violent crimes include homicide, assault, domestic violence, robbery, sexual assault and false imprisonment.