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Q128: Someone has broken into my house and taken some property, is that burglary?

Yes it is. Burglary is where a person enters a building or part of a building without permission and proceeds to steal property from within. For many people this means that someone has entered your house without permission and stolen property from inside your house.

The whole body does not have to enter the house. If someone puts their arm through the letterbox and steal keys, for example, this is also classed as a burglary.

Examples of burglary:

◾B smashes patio door and opens it and goes into living room and steals a TV and DVD player and leaves the house with the property.

◾B puts his hand through an open window and steals a purse that has been left on a window sill.

If you have been a victim of a burglary, please contact the police straight away and try not to touch anything that you think the offender may have touched, as this might remove crucial evidence. See Q756 for information on what to do to preserve evidence.

For further guidance on this and where to you can register, for free, all property with a serial number, please see the links in Related information.

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