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Burglary is when a person goes somewhere where they should not be, like in another person's house or car, and steals something there. If someone goes somewhere that they should not, but they do not do a crime, it is trespassing, not burglary. Burglary is not allowed (against the law). If the police can prove that a person is a burglar as well as the crime(s) they committed at the scene of the crime, they can be sent to prison for longer than if they had done the crime in public. A person who burgles is a burglar.
Burglary happens more often in poor communities than rich communities.
The word burglar comes from the Old English words burg (house) and laron (thief).