The English used in this article or section may not be easy for everybody to understand. (March 2012)
Burglary is a crime. Someone who steals things is a burglar. Burglary is an unlawful action. Its active verb tense is "to burgle". Burglaries can occur at any time or any place. Penalties for burglaries vary from state to state and country to country. The word burglar comes from the Old English words burg (house) and laron (thief).