Burglary, theft and fraud offences


Theft is the taking of another individual’s property without consent. It does not involve the breaking and entering of another property. There are certain elements that must be proved, which include:

  • Dishonesty- It is a requirement that you were dishonest.
  • Appropriates- Any assumption of the rights of an owner amounts to appropriation, this includes keeping property which may have initially come from being honest.
  • Property- Property does not have to just be physical objects it can be monies from a bank account.
  • Belonging to another- It must be proved that the property was not yours and belonged to another individual.
  • Intending to permanently deprive- The last requirement is for the prosecution to prove that you intend to take the property permanently and keep it for yourself.

Theft can be dealt with either at the Magistrates or Crown Court and carries a sentence of up to 7 years custody.


Burglary relates to breaking and entering into another person’s property as a trespasser with intent to steal. The maximum punishment for this charge depends upon if it is a domestic property or not.

Aggravated Burglary is when an individual commits burglary with a weapon, this can be a weapon of offence, such a firearm or imitation firearm.


Fraud is ‘the act of gaining a dishonest advantage’, this is often a financial offence. This is now one of the most common crimes in England and Wales.
Fraud can occur in multiple ways such as:
  • Tax evasion
  • Benefit fraud
  • Online fraud
  • Identity
  • Banking and investment
  • Money laundering
  • Bribery
  • Electoral

Sentencing for Fraud depends on the individual circumstances of the matter, but the maximum sentence is 10 years.

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