Having something stolen – whether through theft, burglary or robbery – or having something deliberately damaged or broken (called criminal damage) are some of the most common crimes. But that doesn’t mean they’re not serious. They can make you scared, upset or even physically hurt. No one has the right to hurt you or to take or break your things, and there are lots of people who can help you.

This content has been written for children and young people. If you’re looking for information for over 18s, visit our Types of Crime information about burglary.