Property offending, in a very broad sense, is the unlawful taking of property belonging to another or the dishonest application of property to the offender’s use. Common examples of these offences including stealing, break and enter, unlawfully using a motor vehicle and fraud.
Property offences can range from the most trivial, such as the theft of groceries from a supermarket, right through to the most serious, such as complex corporate fraud. In the latter instance, law enforcement authorities will often expend significant resources and time, such as the engagement of forensic accountants, to investigate the crime and in these matters it is often necessary for the defence to retain their own forensic experts to identify and counter the assumptions that have been relied upon to prosecute the offender.
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