Common types of crimes in New Hampshire

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2018 | Firm News

Crime facts can tell you a lot about the place you live. Whether you are a New Hampshire native or are new to the state, you may find the criminal statistics interesting. There are 20,194 property crimes and 2,637 violent crimes in New Hampshire annually.

However, it is not enough just to know the number of crimes that people commit in the state. It helps to understand the details of property and violent offenses.

Types of property crimes

Property crime is a term that may seem straightforward, but it describes a multitude of criminal acts. Here are some of the wide range of crimes that may constitute property offenses:

  • Robbery – Robbery occurs when someone uses force or a threat to steal property or cash from someone else. This may take the form of pointing a weapon at a cashier while demanding money. 
  • Burglary – One commits burglary when he or she unlawfully enters a home or other building to steal property. Burglars often use force or coercion when burglarizing a structure.
  • Shoplifting – Shoplifting happens when someone steals or conceals merchandise from a retail store.
  • Vandalism – An individual commits vandalism when he or she defaces, destroys or degrades property without permission.
  • Arson – Arson is the burning of any type of building, structure or forest land.

These are just a few crimes that have to do with properties.

Violent crimes

Here are some of the most common crimes involving violence:

  • Assault or battery – One commits battery when he or she makes offensive physical contact with another person. Simple forms of this crime involve low-level injuries. Aggravated conduct involves deadly weapons and/or serious injuries.
  • Manslaughter – Manslaughter is the offense of unintentionally causing the death of another person because of reckless conduct.
  • Murder – Murder is the act of intentionally killing someone. There are varying degrees of murder depending on the severity of the offense.

White collar and drug crimes often involve theft and violence, as well.