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[mass noun] Illegal entry of a building with intent to commit a crime, especially theft.‘a two-year sentence for burglary’[count noun] ‘a series of burglaries’
break-in, theft, robbery, raid, hold-uphousebreaking, breaking and entering, breaking in, forced entry, theft, thieving, stealing, robbery, robbing, larceny, thievery, pilfering, pilferage, lootingView synonyms
- ‘Other crimes such as burglaries and thefts from cars had decreased, he added.’
- ‘A while ago I found out that they'd caught the guy who committed the burglary on my flat at the end of last year.’
- ‘The court heard he began committing burglaries at the age of 13 and first targeted churches ten years ago.’
- ‘The theft of a water company's van has sparked fears it might be used to commit distraction burglaries.’
- ‘The police suspect one man committed the four burglaries on New Year's Day.’
- ‘He also faces charges of conspiracy to commit burglaries and steal motor vehicles in West Yorkshire.’
- ‘But three weeks after his release, he was dealing in heroin and committing burglaries.’
- ‘He also pleaded guilty to another two counts of burglary and an attempted burglary.’
- ‘These offenders have recently been found guilty of a number of burglaries and car thefts.’
- ‘The number of burglaries, thefts from cars and violent crimes dropped in the Western Bay.’
- ‘Along with stamping out burglaries and thefts, a heavy emphasis is put on personal safety.’
- ‘As a result he will urge that crime prevention is focused on routine crimes such as theft and burglary.’
- ‘Police say the problem has a direct impact on pushing up burglaries, robberies and thefts.’
- ‘Last week, year-on-year figures showed slight rises in street crime and burglaries.’
- ‘Police say all the property has been stolen in either burglaries or robberies.’
- ‘An offshoot of these visits can be burglaries and theft of garden equipment and power tools.’
- ‘Five months later, she cashed two other benefit books after they were stolen in a burglary.’
- ‘Arrests were made for a variety of offences including burglary, theft and public order.’
- ‘Drink is also a significant factor in street crime, burglaries and theft.’
- ‘Apart from the burglary figures, crime as a whole was on the decrease, according to Insp Jones.’
Early 16th century: from legal French burglarie, from burgler (see burglar).
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