Definition of housebreaking in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of breaking into a building, especially in daytime, to commit a crime. In 1968 it was replaced as a statutory crime (in England and Wales only) by burglary.

    • ‘He said that at present housebreaking is the biggest crime.’
    • ‘A youth - accused of rape, housebreaking and theft - burst into tears yesterday when his mother asked the court to keep him in jail for his own safety.’
    • ‘He has been an accessory before and after the crime of housebreaking.’
    • ‘The youth has been charged with murder as well as housebreaking and theft, and is due to appear in the East London Magistrates' Court today.’
    • ‘A 16-year-old boy will appear before a magistrate today, charged with housebreaking and larceny of $20,000 worth of household items.’
    • ‘He had been arrested for more than 40 crimes in the previous year - for offences that included housebreaking, theft and vandalism.’
    • ‘He added housebreaking is not only confined to the central area of Windhoek and that the Police are receiving such cases from all over the town.’
    • ‘The fourteen-year old had been convicted of housebreaking.’
    • ‘This indicated that crime decreased in the murder, assault, rape, housebreaking and vehicle hijacking categories.’
    • ‘The hotel residents were arrested for drug possession, car theft and housebreaking.’
    • ‘Car crime and multiple road traffic offences were top of the list, but assault, theft and housebreaking were not so far behind.’
    • ‘He went on to chalk up a string of convictions including housebreaking and armed robbery, before remarrying and fathering another three children.’
    • ‘However, other aggravated robberies, street robbery, and housebreaking had increased, said Selebi.’
    • ‘According to Mamabolo most of the escapees were being held for stock theft, housebreaking and theft and other petty crimes but they ‘should still be considered as dangerous’.’
    • ‘They are to be charged with attempting to murder Muller, abducting him, arson, theft, theft of a motor vehicle and housebreaking and theft.’
    • ‘They had been convicted on charges including murder, robbery, escaping from custody, possession of explosives and weapons, housebreaking and theft.’
    • ‘He faces eight charges of housebreaking with intent to commit fraud, 218 of corruption and 268 of fraud, totalling R5,3million.’
    • ‘In 1947, he was sentenced to five years in prison for a number of cases of housebreaking and larceny, but there was never enough evidence to even try him for the Windsor robbery.’
    • ‘The suspect is due in court here shortly on charges of kidnapping, housebreaking and theft.’
    • ‘There is a broad body of research highlighting the link between drug use and property crimes such as housebreaking and theft.’
    burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud
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